Tuesday, 17 February 2009

The stolen fresco from Boscoreale, again

Here are some more details about the fresco recovered in London (see my post of Monday 16th February). The fresco was found during the excavation of the Villa of Asellio, to the north of Pompeii (i.e. Boscoreale), between 1903 and 1904. It was located in a room next to the torcularium of the villa. The fresco depicts Bacchus (appropriate given its location!) pouring wine on an altar. Next to him is a basket of grapes.

The fresco found its way to the London gallery last October. Its last owner, realising that it was an illegally exported antiquity, decided to give it back to Italy. The fresco is valued at 400,000 EUROS.
Source of information and additional photo of Carabinieri posing with fresco(!).

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