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
toponym, "Civita", evidently because architectural
structures frequently were encountered during agricultural
work or in the course of the excavations aimed at the recovery
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
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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