Pan and the nymphs
Fresco from Pompeii (House of Fatal Love, IX, 5, 18).
1—20 CE.
Inv. No. 111473.Naples, National Archaeological Museum, Hall LXXPhoto by Luciano Pedicini

Pan and the nymphs.

Fresco from Pompeii (House of Fatal Love, IX, 5, 18).
1—20 CE.
Inv. No. 111473.

Naples, National Archaeological Museum, Hall LXX
(Napoli, Museo archeologico nazionale, Sala LXX).

Pompeii, House of Jason or House of Fatal Love (IX, 5, 18, room g).
From Pompeii (House of Fatal Love, IX, 5, 18).
The three pictures from the same cubiculum (the others are Europa riding the bull, described next, and Hercules and Nessus, also in the Museum) share the same calm, majestic atmosphere and the presence of a landscape in which the human and animal figures take their place with great naturalness. Here it is the pine, sacred to Pan, which dominates the scene of the musical contest between the rustic god and one of the nymphs in a solemn and rarefied atmosphere.
The picture dates from the first two decades of the first century B.C.
© 1996. Photo, text: Stefano De Caro, “The National Archaeological Museum of Naples”. Soprintendenza Archeologica di Napoli e Caserta. Electa, Napoli, 2001, p. 153.
© 1996. Photo: Luciano Pedicini.
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