Wednesday, May 9, 2018

01 Fresco, Olympian deities, by the Old Masters, pictorial decoration of the mansions of Pompeii, with footnotes, #10a

House of Venus and Mars/ Ares and Aphrodite
Between circa 75 and circa 100 AD
Fresco on plaster
cm 99 x 90
National Archaeological Museum of Naples 

Venus and Mars Fresco  above shows the Roman gods Venus, goddess of love, and Mars, god of war, in an allegory of beauty and valour. 

The Fresco was probably intended to commemorate a wedding, and to adorn the bedroom of the bride and groom. This is suggested by the wide format and the close view of the figures. It is widely seen as representation of an ideal view of sensuous love

Mars lifts the blue mantle of Venus, to admire its nudity characterized only by a gold chain arranged in X. Characteristic is the representation of the two sexes which provides for a brown complexion for the man and clear and delicate for the woman. Cupid plays with the weapons of Mars. The shield and the helmet reflect reflections of light. More on this mosaic

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