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Fresco depicting Polyphemus and Galatea

Fresco depicting Polyphemus and Galatea

The small fresco depicts the sensual kiss between the cyclops Polyphemus and the nymph Galatea. The brown skin of Polyphemus, whose identity is revealed by the presence on the left of a ram, pan pipes and a shepherd's crook, contrasts with the whiteness of the nymph, portrayed from behind and depicted as a young girl with a soft, smooth body. The background is neutral. The figures are portrayed with deft rapid brush strokes, almost as though they were intentionally designed to convey the delicacy of the theme. An interesting aspect of the theme lies in the fact that it identifies a little-known version of the myth: in the more well-known version, Galatea never succumbed to the courtship of Polyphemus as she was hopelessly in love with the shepherd boy Acis.

Further information
Codici (Label is not translated)
  Ente_competente: Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici delle Province di Napoli e Caserta
  SGTI: Polifemo e Galatea
Localizzazione_geografico-amministrativa (Label is not translated)
  PVCS: Italia
  regione: CAMPANIA
  provincia: Napoli
  comune: Napoli
  LDCT: palazzo
  Name: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
  Indirizzo: Piazza Museo, 19 - 80135
  LDCM: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
  Location: Mezzanine floor, room LXVb, no. 2
Altre_localizzazioni_geografico_amministrative_reperimento (Label is not translated)
  PRVS: Italia
  regione: CAMPANIA
  provincia: Napoli
  comune: Pompei
  PRCC: Pompei Scavi
Dati_patrimoniali (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: 27687
  INVD: 1871 post
Modalita_di_reperimento (Label is not translated)
  SCAN: Casa della Caccia antica
  DSCD: 1834/00/00
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  MISU: cm.
  Height: 75
  Width: 82
Dati_analitici (Label is not translated)
  Inscriptions - text:

Condizione_giuridica_e_vincoli (Label is not translated)
  CDGG: proprietà Stato
Fonti_e_documenti_di_riferimento (Label is not translated)

Brilliant 1979, p. 199; Collezioni Museo 1989, I, 1, n. 186, p. 146; De Caro 1994, p. 166; PPM VII, 1997, n. 54, p. 39; De Caro 1999, p. 80; De Caro 2000, p. 18, tav. a p. 20; Varone 2000, n. 23, p. 29.