Punishment of Ixion
Fresco from the picture gallery of House of the Vettii in Pompeii.
60—79 CE.
Pompeii, House of the Vettii (VI, 15, 1)

Punishment of Ixion.

Fresco from the picture gallery of House of the Vettii in Pompeii.
60—79 CE.

Pompeii, House of the Vettii (VI, 15, 1)
(Pompei, Casa dei Vettii (VI, 15, 1))

Description:
On the central wall under the image of the deity with the horn of plenty (probably, goddess Concordia) there was placed the picture “The Punishment of Ixion” — the perfidious king of lapiths in Thessaly, saved by Jupiter out of pity and admitted to the meal of gods, dared to woo Juno. Jupiter sent Nephele, cloud taken the shape of the goddess, to Ixion to prevent her disgrace. The union of Nephele and Ixion will create the generation of centaurs. When Ixion started to boast of the victory over Juno, Jupiter subjected him to eternal torture. In the picture Ixion is already tied to the fire wheel, which will spin in heaven forever. Among the gods it is easy to recognize Mercury, Juno, Vulcan, Iris, and the female figure in prayer pose near the legs of Mercury is Nephele.
Credits:
© 2002. Photo, text: Помпеи / Под ред Ф. Коарелли. Слово, Москва, 2002. С. 306—309.
© Photo: Alfredo and Pio Foglia.
Keywords: ζωγραφικήί pictura ars picturae painting pittura malerei peinture ελληνική μυθολογία mythologia graeca greek mythology mitologia greca griechische mythologie grecque ρωμαϊκή μυθολογία mythologia romana roman mythology mitologia römische mythologie romaine ήρα dea hera goddess divinità era göttin déesse héra ἑρμῆς ερμής ἑρμείας hermeias hermes ermes ermete hermès μερκούριους mercurius mercury mercurio merkur mercure γιούνο dea juno iuno goddess divinità giunone göttin déesse junon ρωμαϊκές roman romana romano romani römisch römische römisches römischen römischer romain romaine romains romaines λαπίθαι lapithae lapiths lapiti lapithen lapithes ἰξίων ιξίων ixion issione ήφαιστος ἥφαιστος hephaistos hephaestus efesto hephaistos héphaïstos βουλκάνους volcanus vulcanus vulcan vulcano vulcanus vulcain ἶρις dea iris goddess iride iri taumantia taumantiade göttin déesse νεφέλη nephele nefele néphélé πομπηία pompeii pompeian pompei pompeiano pompeji pompeianischen pompejanischen pompéi pompéien τέταρτο στυλ fourth style iv quarto stile vierte vierter stil quatrième style φρεσκογραφία τοιχογραφία νωπογραφία wall fresco frescos frescoes opera parietale murale opere parietali murali affresco affreschi freskomalerei frischmalerei wandmalerei fresko fresken fresque fresques female dress clothes clothing garment abbigliamento femminile damenbekleidung vêtements pour femmes γυναικεία ρούχα veiled capite velato house of the vettii vi 15 1 casa dei vettii haus der vettier maison des vettii rod staff bastone stab bâton caduceo hermesstab merkurstab heroldsstab caducée kerykeion caduceus κηρύκειον κηρύκειο hammer martello marteau malleus σφυρί pliers tenaglia zange tenailles τανάλια diadem diadème diadema διάδημα shoulder bracelet armlet bracciale braccialetto sulla spalla schulter-armband bracelet d’épaule armilla wheel ruota rad roue τροχός seated on the throne enthroned sits siede in assiso su un trono sitzt auf einem thron assis sur un trône thronus καθισμένοι σε θρόνο θρόνος punishment of ixion chair
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