Frescos, Ancient World, Ropedancer, Herculaneum, Ercolano
No title. Rope dancers - Funamboli - Seiltaenzer
Four fauns with tails dancing on ropes with different attributes. Below the rope dancers a winged mythical figure, its lower body depicted as a bird's.
Wall frescos found in Ercolano (Herculaneum)
Hand-gouached copper etching.
Published in an Italian book, ca. 1800
Right side of print has been widened by adding a strip of paper.
Print is matted with an elegant gray color matting with a gold-frame inner lining. See photo.
20,5 x 14,3 cm (ca. 8 x 5.6")
These prints show frescoes and archeologicl treasures found in the ruins of Herculaneum. Herculaneum was totally buried in superheated pyroclastic ash and lava during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79AD. The town was forgotten until 1710 when the first remains were found. In 1738 Carl von Bourbon, the king of Naples, started a systematic excavation of the area which has continued until the present day. Much of the area cannot be excavated because it lies under the modern town of Ercolano.
Some of the genitals of the original statues have been discreetly covered