Seller: asklepiad05 (447) 100%, Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 322342976255 800x600 A historical painting with great mythology ! EUROPA & THE BULL (ZEUS) Pompeii Europa is seated on the back of her lover, Zeus, the king of the Gods, who has transformed himself into the shape of a bull! ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS REPRESENTATIONS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD, A FREQUENT COIN SUBJECT ! Approximate size: 10 cm x 11.5 cm (4.2" x 4.5"), mounted on black foam board 13.7 x 14 cm (6.2" x 5.5"). EUROPA AND THE BULL “He moved among the cows, more beautiful than they or other bulls, he strolled spring grasses, white as the snow untouched by southern rains or footprint on the ground, huge, silky muscles at his neck and silvered dewlaps hanging, horns as white as if a sculptor’s hand had cut them out of pearl. And no one feared his look, forehead and eye were gracefully benign… Agenor’s daughter gazed at him in wonder.” (Ovid, Metamorphoses II.849-59) . Europa was the beautiful daughter of the king of Tyre, Agenor. Zeus (Jupiter), the king of the gods according to Greek mythology, saw Europa as she was gathering flowers by the sea and immediately fell in love with her. Zeus transformed himself into the form of a magnificent white bull and appeared in the sea shore where Europa was playing. The great bull walked gently over to where Europa stood and knelt at her feet. The appearance and movements of the bull were so gentle that Europa spread flowers about his neck and dared to climb upon his back. But suddenly, the bull rushed over the sea abducting Europa. Only then the bull revealed its true identity and took Europa to the Mediterranean island of Crete. There, Zeus cast off the shape of the white bull, and back into his human form, made Europa his lover beneath a simple cypress tree. Europa became the first queen of Crete and had by Zeus three sons. At last, Zeus reproduced the shape of the white bull, used by Zeus to seduce Europa, in the stars. Even today we can recognize its shape in the constellation Taurus. A must to own item for anyone who loves ancient art and mythology! Perfect gift for the holidays! The real replica is much nicer than it looks in pictures. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Pompeii Wall Paintings The eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which began on August 24, A.D. 79, buried Pompeii under a thick layer of pumice and ash, leaving visible only the upper stories of buildings that had not collapsed from the violent impact of the final pyroclastic surge. Even though human memory gradually lost sight of the exact location of Pompeii, the general area of the city soon assumed the significant toponym, "Civita", evidently because architectural structures frequently were encountered during agricultural work or in the course of the excavations aimed at the recovery of precious materials. At the end of the 16th century, the architect Domenico Fontana diverted the waters of the Foce, an outlet of the Sarno River, via the so-called Sarno canal, which served to irrigate the land and to provide water to local mills. During the construction work of the canal, Fontana came across many frescoed walls, statues and inscriptions without knowing that they were the remains of ancient Pompeii. Later, the excavations continued in order to recover wall paintings and precious objects to add to royal collections. Often, remains that were not of primary interest were simply destroyed to expedite the pace of recovery, while areas that had been excavated were reburied. An important debate regarding the removal of frescoes from walls was resolved in 1763, when a royal decree stated that paintings not destined for the Museo Ercolanes in the Villa Reale at Portici were to be left intact in situ. Here we present the replicas of some of the best-known wall paintings from Pompeii and Herculaneum, which shared the same faith as Pompeii when Vesuvius erupted. Ancient Fresco Technique: To get a smooth wall surface for the painting to be made on, the rough stone wall was covered with a number of chalk layers (sometimes even 6 or 7) or various content. On the last of these layers, which was very thin, the wall decoration was painted "al fresco", i.e. while the last layer of chalk was still wet. This wall decoration was put on from the top to the bottom of the wall, i.e. the painting was put on in phases and covered the whole of the wall. The decoration was put on, after an incised study draw had been made, by the pictor. This fresco replica was %100 hand-crafted by picture transferring on plaster slab. See my about me page on how I started to make replicas of ancient wall paintings. I have only begun to sell my art works on e-bay recently. Although my feedback is growing rapidly, it is actually higher than it is seen because many of my customers buy the second, third and fourth upon seeing and marvelling their first purchases. Please take a look at the comments of previous customers on my art: *Georgeous! Wow! Fast, professional service, too. They don't come better! *Another gem, packed and shipped promptly by this exceptional seller. *Excellent quality fresco. Much better than the photo! Prompt delivery. *EXCELLENT care in packing and quality of item. VERY, VERY, VERY pleased!!