Seller: asklepiad05 (451) 100%, Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 322343126369 800x600 ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS REPRESENTATIONS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD! The First Greek Lyric Poetess SAPPHO Wall painting from Pompeii A young woman holding a stylus and a booklet of wax tablets. A gold hair net binds her hair and she wears large, gold earrings. Approximate size: 15 cm x 23 cm (6" x 9"), mounted on black foam board 17.5 cm x 26 cm (6.8" x 10.3") SAPPHO One of the great Greek lyricists and few known female poets of the ancient world, Sappho was born some time between 630 and 612 BC. She was an aristocrat who married a prosperous merchant, and she had a daughter named Cleis. Her wealth afforded her with the opportunity to live her life as she chose, and she chose to spend it studying the arts on the isle of Lesbos. Sappho was called a lyricist because, as was the custom of the time, she wrote her poems to be performed with the accompaniment of a lyre. Sappho composed her own music and refined the prevailing lyric meter to a point that it is now known as sapphic meter. She invented lyric poetry both in technique and style, becoming part of a new wave of Greek lyrists who moved from writing poetry from the point of view of gods and muses to the personal vantage point of the individual. She was one of the first poets to write from the first person, describing love and loss as it affected her personally. A must to own item for anyone who loves ancient art and poetry! 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!!