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Gods and Heroes in Pompeii

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Gods and Heroes in Pompeii , by Ernesto De Carolis. Translated by Lori-Ann Touchette. (Los Angeles,The J. Paul Getty Museum: 2001. Pg 78, illustrated.) ISBN: 0-89236-630-3.


Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - February 11, 2002

The catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, buried Pompeii and Herculaneum under layers or ash and pyroclastic debris. Entombed in up to 8 meters of volcanic debris, large portions of the two cities were preserved. Among the items preserved by this eruption is a treasure trove of wall paintings and frescoes that once decorated the homes of both the high and low born of Pompeii.

In Gods and Heroes in Pompeii, Ernesto De Carolis examines the paintings, frescoes, and other pictorial wall decorations uncovered in Pompeii. In this work, he looks at not only the subject matter depicted, but also at how the works were rendered. He also examines what these paintings reveal about the people who dwelt in these illustriously decorated homes, and what they tell us about the artisans who created them.

This book is divided into two sections. The first section details the various styles of wall paintings, popular themes, and the painting techniques used to create these works. The second section of this book consists of a catalog of paintings from Pompeii that depict various Gods and Heroes. Each painting in this catalog is accompanied by description that includes its name, the location where it was uncovered, the style in which it was rendered, and a brief discourse that explains what the picture represents.

Containing over 130 color illustrations, this volume will delight students of history and art, beginners and experts alike.


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