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Amazement, curiosity, embarrassment are among the emotions that archaeologists and visitors have experienced in front of paintings and sculptures from Pompeii and other Vesuvian sites since the first discoveries in the '700. With the advance of the excavations it became more and more evident that images with sensual and erotic content, often distant from a classicist vision of the ancient world, characterized practically all the spaces of the city, from the private houses to the baths, from taverns and dark taverns, to the public spaces of the community. Among the latest discoveries, which have aroused much interest, the house of Leda and the swan and the ceremonial chariot with erotic decorations of Civita Giuliana.

With a very heterogeneous audience coming from all over the world, which in recent months is returning to Pompeii, the question of how to explain the omnipresence of sensuality in the imagination of Pompeii is more relevant than ever.

This is the 'didactic' need that inspired the new exhibition organized by the Archaeological Park of Pompeii entitled "Art and sensuality in the houses of Pompeii", inaugurated on 21 April at the Palestra Grande degli Scavi and open until 15 January 2023.

The project of the exhibition includes, in addition to the exhibition at the Great Gym, an itinerary to discover various buildings of the site characterized by frescoes and references to the theme, reachable with the support of the App My Pompeii, which includes a dedicated section.

Among the 70 works on display, all coming from the deposits of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, also the two bronze medallions with erotic scenes of the ceremonial chariot from Civita Giuliana and the refined ceiling of the cubiculum (bedroom) found in collapse on the floor, then recomposed and restored, the House of Leda and the swan, and the 3 walls of the cubicle of the Villa of Gragnano in Carmiano, rebuilt after the recent restoration.

Date: From April 21st 2022 to January 23rd 2023

Place: Archaeological Park of Pompeii

Address: Via Plinio, 26, 80045 Pompei NA

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9 am – 7 pm. Closed on Mondays

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