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Pompeii Wall Paintings
The eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which began on August 24, A.D. 79, buried Pompeii under a thick layer of pumice and ash, leaving visible only the upper stories of buildings that had not collapsed from the violent impact of the final pyroclastic surge.
Even though human memory gradually lost sight of the exact location of Pompeii, the general area of the city soon assumed the significant toponym, "Civita", evidently because architectural structures frequently were encountered during agricultural work or in the course of the excavations aimed at the recovery of precious materials.
At the end of the 16th century, the architect Domenico Fontana diverted the waters of the Foce, an outlet of the Sarno River, via the so-called Sarno canal, which served to irrigate the land and to provide water to local mills. During the construction work of the canal, Fontana came across many frescoed walls, statues and inscriptions without knowing that they were the remains of ancient Pompeii.
Later, the excavations continued in order to recover wall paintings and precious objects to add to royal collections. Often, remains that were not of primary interest were simply destroyed to expedite the pace of recovery, while areas that had been excavated were reburied.An important debate regarding the removal of frescoes from walls was resolved in 1763, when a royal decree stated that paintings not destined for the Museo Ercolanes in the Villa Reale at Portici were to be left intact in situ. Here we present the replicas of some of the best-known wall paintings from Pompeii and Herculaneum, which shared the same faith as Pompeii when Vesuvius erupted. Share the glory of ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum in your own living room.

Now you can own the exact replicas (reduced size) of the ancient masterpieces from Pompeii and Herculaneum.

No fresco reproduction is alike; shapes vary. Approximate size: 16cm x 20cm (7" x 8")

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Proculus & Wife

Satyr & Maened

 


Herakles


Bacchus & Vesuvius

Persia & Macedonia

Three Graces

Venus & Mars

Priapos

Sappho

Isis and Io

Couple

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Banquet