Ancient 'Sensual' Painting Uncovered by Workers in Pompeii

November 19, 2018

Archaeologists have unearthed a striking work of art in the ancient city of Pompeii: a fresco depicting the myth of Leda and the Swan. In the story, the god Jupiter takes the form of a swan and impregnates a mortal woman, named Leda. According to the lead archaeologist at Pompeii, scenes of Leda and the Swan were fairly common in the city's houses. This particular fresco is notable because "Leda watches the spectator with a sensuality that's absolutely pronounced."

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