Ulysses resists the songs of the Sirens
Fresco of the Third style from Pompeii.
50—75 CE.
48 × 48 × 2 cm.
Inv. No. 1867,0508.1354.London, British Museum

Ulysses resists the songs of the Sirens.

Fresco of the Third style from Pompeii.
50—75 CE.
48 × 48 × 2 cm.
Inv. No. 1867,0508.1354.

London, British Museum.

From Pompeii. Acquired in 1867 as part of the collection of Duke Louis de Blacas d’Aulps (1815—1866).
Panel from a painted wall: Ulysses resists the songs of the Sirens. Ulysses is tied to the mast of his ship. The Sirens perch on high rocks, with the bones of earlier victims around them. The painting shows one siren playing the twin pipes, another the lyre, and the third presumably singing. This painting is a companion to 1867.5-8.1355.

Condition: Some damage, in the form of graffiti along the bottom of the surround, had already been inflicted on this panel by the time it was removed from the wall.

This panel formed part of a wall of a villa at Pompeii, which was painted in the so-called third style, where central panels showing landscapes, still life such as fruit and fish, or mythological scenes, were framed by elongated frames of columns, candelabra and floral motifs. Evidently cut from the wall some time in the nineteenth century, this panel has lost its original archaeological context.

Hinks R. P., Catalogue of the Greek, Etruscan & Roman Paintings & Mosaics in the British Museum: Paintings, London, The British Museum Press, 1933, 27.
(cc) 2019. Photo, text: The British Museum (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).
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