Punishment of Ixion.

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

Pompeii, House of the Vettii
(Pompei)

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: POMPEI. / Pod red. F. Koarelli. Per. s ital. O.A. Uvarova. M.: SLOVO/SLOVO, 2002, s. 306—309.
Photographers — Alfredo and Pio Foglia.
© 2002 MAGNUS EDIZIONI SpA, UDINE, ITALY.
RUSSIAN

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