Jason and Pelias.

Fresco from Pompeii (House of Fatal Love, IX, 5, 18).
1st century CE.
Inv. No. 111436.

Naples, National Archaeological Museum
(Napoli, Museo archeologico nazionale di Napoli)

From Pompeii (House of Fatal Love, IX, 5, 18).
This picture gave the alternative name of “House of Jason” to this residence, which contains a remarkable series of pictures. The scene has a pyramidal structure: at the top of a staircase in his palace of Iolkos, we see the majestic and rather theatrical figure of King Pelias accompanied by his daughters; on the right next to a table, Jason stands enveloped in a cloak and with one foot bare, as the myth recounts; on the left an assistant, garlanded like the other characters, leads the bull to be sacrificed to Poseidon. The effect of the geometrical structure is heightened by the landscape with the colonnaded temple to the god, surrounded by trees and other more sketchy constructions. The vase below the table next to Jason recurs identical in the picture showing the prophecy of Cassandra (inv. 8999).
© 1996. Photo, text: Stefano De Caro, “The National Archaeological Museum of Naples”.
Soprintendenza Archeologica di Napoli e Caserta. Electa, Napoli, 2001, p. 155.
© 1996. Photo: Luciano Pedicini.
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