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Posted by angela On February - 1 - 2012 0 Comment

This is one of the most famous female portraits from antiquity: a fashionable young girl caught in a contemplative moment just before applying her pen to the paper.


There are no clues that allow us to identify this girl as Sappho, the Greek poetess: no specific traits, no defining characteristics; rather, she represents a classic type seen in many other Pompeian frescoes. Her curls and golden hair net, earrings and ring show her as the refined image of culture and affluence.


Pompeii Portrait Fresco known as “Sappho”
The painting is in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples.


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