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Wedding of Zephyros and Chloris, fresco (detail), Fourth style to 50-79 AD. , Naples National Archaeological Museum

Wedding of Zephyros and Chloris, fresco (detail), Fourth style to 50-79 AD. , Naples National Archaeological Museum. 

HAMBURG.- For the very first time one of the large villas of Pompeii is being shown in an exhibition in its entirety. The presentation at the Bucerius Kunst Forum is based on the architectural design of the house. It displays the magnificent décor in its original context. The unusually large frescoes, bronze figures, reliefs and portraits are among the most beautiful works of art found in the city at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. Life in ancient Pompeii and the role of art in daily life can be experienced through more than 80 outstanding loans from the National Archeological Museum of Naples.

Citizens of ancient Pompeii decorated their living spaces with scenes of mythical lovers, floating gods and goddesses and gardens. These murals are among the best examples of Roman painting to have survived. The exhibition Pompeii. Gods, Myths, Man at the Bucerius Kunst Forum reveals the development of Pompeiian imagery from its beginnings to the destruction of the city in the wake of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The oldest frescoes imitate colored marble; perspective views of sacred sites, landscapes with villas, still-lifes and scenes from mythology became popular at a later date.

The show focuses on the House of the Lyre-Player, presenting its large paintings and magnificent furnishings for the first time together in an exhibition. The Casa del Citarista tells the story of the Popidius family, one of the richest and most respected families of Pompeii, who continually extended their villa over generations following its erection around 300 B.C. A life-sized statue of Apollo playing the lyre gave this complex its name. Three large gardens surrounded by open colonnades formed the center of this nearly 3,000 square meter building. Sculptures and reliefs made of bronze and marble decorated the gardens, valuable bronze fountain sculptures served as water jets. Two to three meter high murals depict portraits of poets and philosophers, elaborate villas, and mythological scenes such as the Discovery of Ariadne and the erotic encounter between Mars and Venus. Statues, figurines and altars that attest to the household gods have all been preserved along with the remains of furniture and the homeowner’s jewelry which were left behind during the eruption of Vesuvius. Several frescoes, one mosaic and a statue were restored especially for this exhibition with funding from the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius.

With more than 80 works from the collection of the National Archeological Museum of Naples, this exhibition, curated by Valeria Sampaolo and Andreas Hoffmann, allows viewers to experience the importance of this urban villa, which is one of the largest in Pompeii, for the first time. The presentation of its magnificent décor is based on the architecture of the original rooms and demonstrates the way various areas of the house were used. The murals, bronze figures, reliefs and portraits testify to the luxury and artistic understanding of the ancient world. The quality works of art found in here are among the most beautiful found in this ancient city. Pompeii. Gods, Myths, Man demonstrates the lives of people in the ancient world and illustrates the significance of art in their everyday lives. The show gives an impression of the condition of the house shortly before the volcanic eruption. A digital reconstruction of the Casa del Citarista , which was created in cooperation with the Museo Archeologico Virtuale in Herculaneum, supplements this exhibition.

Wedding of Zephyros and Chloris, wall fresco, Fourth style to 50-79 AD. , Naples National Archaeological Museum

Wedding of Zephyros and Chloris, wall fresco, Fourth style to 50-79 AD. , Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Statue of Apollo Kitharoedus (detail), from the Casa del Citarista, Late 1st century BC. Chr., After 50. Chr. , Naples National Archaeological Museum

Statue of Apollo Kitharoedus (detail), from the Casa del Citarista, Late 1st century BC. Chr., After 50. Chr. , Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Statue of Apollo Kitharoedus, from the Casa del Citarista, Late 1st century BC. Chr., After 50. Chr. , Naples National Archaeological Museum

Statue of Apollo Kitharoedus, from the Casa del Citarista, Late 1st century BC. Chr., After 50. Chr. , Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Statue of Apollo Kitharoedus (detail), from the Casa del Citarista, Late 1st century BC. Chr., After 50. Chr. , Naples National Archaeological Museum

Statue of Apollo Kitharoedus (detail), from the Casa del Citarista, Late 1st century BC. Chr., After 50. Chr. , Naples National Archaeological Museum.

"Mars and Venus" wall fresco from the Casa del Citarista (detail), Third style to v 36. Chr.-50 n. Chr. , Naples National Archaeological Museum

« Mars and Venus » wall fresco from the Casa del Citarista (detail), Third style to v 36. Chr.-50 n. Chr. , Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Garden with Peacock and Dove, wall fresco, Fourth style to 50-79 n. Chr. , Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Garden with Peacock and Dove, wall fresco, Fourth style to 50-79 n. Chr. , Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Wild boar being attacked by dogs, Ensemble of fountain figures from the Casa del Citarista, 1st century. Chr. , Naples National Archaeological Museum

Wild boar being attacked by dogs, Ensemble of fountain figures from the Casa del Citarista, 1st century. Chr., Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Portrait of an old poet or philosopher, wall fresco from the Casa del Citarista, Fourth style, n to 50-79. Chr. , Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Portrait of an old poet or philosopher, wall fresco from the Casa del Citarista, Fourth style, n to 50-79. Chr. , Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Io, Argos and Hermes, wall fresco from the Casa del Citarista, Fourth style, n to 50-79. Chr. , Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Io, Argos and Hermes, wall fresco from the Casa del Citarista, Fourth style, n to 50-79. Chr. , Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Portrait bust of a woman, from the Casa del Citarista, Claudian, 41-54. Chr. , Naples National Archaeological Museum

Portrait bust of a woman, from the Casa del Citarista, Claudian, 41-54. Chr. , Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Hygieia front pillar, gold disc with Gemme from the Casa del Citarista, 3rd century BC. Chr. , Naples National Archaeological Museum

Hygieia front pillar, gold disc with Gemme from the Casa del Citarista, 3rd century BC. Chr. ., Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Satyr before cista mystica (front), Oscillum from the Casa del Citarista, probably 1st century AD. Chr.

Satyr before cista mystica (front), Oscillum from the Casa del Citarista, probably 1st century AD. Chr., Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Floating female figure ("Venus"), fresco, Fourth style to 50-79 n. Chr., Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Floating female figure (« Venus »), fresco, Fourth style to 50-79 n. Chr., Naples National Archaeological Museum.