PHOTO: Frescoes in the Villa dei Misteri at Pompeii

PHOTO: Frescoes in the Villa dei Misteri at Pompeii, Italy

Frescoes in the Villa dei Misteri at Pompeii is notable for the extensive frescoes that survived the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Though their purpose has been hotly debated, the consensus is that they were used to instruct young women about to be married.

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Frescoes in the Villa dei Misteri at Pompeii are among the most notable that survived the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Though their purpose has been hotly debated, informational literature provided at Pompeii stated that they were likely used to instruct young women about to be married.

6 Comments on “PHOTO: Frescoes in the Villa dei Misteri at Pompeii, Italy

  1. I find that the Romans were prolific in frescos. Instead of hanging paintings they painted scenes and portraits on the plaster walls. Many ancient peoples have done this kind of decoration. I imagine that was because of what materials were available to them. I just love the art and I am fascinated that it has endured for our pleasure to view. How are they preserving this art today?

    • Hi Candice: It’s not well-known, but most of the art you see at Pompeii these days is reproduction. The originals have been taken to the National Archeological Museum in Naples. Frankly, that’s probably a god thing. Without that kind of protection, they would have probably disappeared long ago. However, it is still possible to see many of the original mosiac floors at nearby Herculaneum. As for preservation, I believe that this is well-attended to, especially since both sites were inscribed into UNESCO.

    • They are incredible – I keep wondering why they are so well preserved and how they uncovered them without damaging them.

    • Thank you so much Michael. That means a great deal to me.

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