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Frescoes of Pompeii 2018 Calendar

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Devastated by the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the city of Pompeii lay quiet under its blanket of volcanic ash and debris until its excavation began in 1748. Remarkably, the Italian resort city s architecture, decorative frescoes, art objects, and the accoutrement of everyday life had been well preserved by the ash itself. The images shown here are from Fausto and Felice Niccolini s four-volume magnum opus, Le case ed i monumenti di Pompei disegnati e descritti (Houses and Monuments of Pompeii) (Naples: 1854 1896), which attempted to catalogue everything from colossal public monuments to the humblest furnishings buried within domestic walls.