Leda and the Swan' Painting Found in Ancient Pompeii
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Scientists have uncovered a sensual drawing on a wall in the ruins of ancient Pompeii.
The fresco represents the myth of Leda and the Swan.In the story, the Roman god Jupiter, takes the form of the bird, the swan.It has sex with the mortal girl Leda, who becomes pregnant.
The painting shows a naked Leda seated with the Swan on top of her.
Leda and the Swan was a common subject of artwork in the ancient Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum.Both were destroyed by the volcanic burst of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79.
Famous artists have drawn representations of Leda and the Swan throughout history, including Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.Irish poet W.B. Yeats wrote a poem about the story, as well.
Experts say this recently discovered image of Leda and the Swan is special.
Massimo Osanna is the director of the Pompeii archaeological park.He praised the fresco as exceptional because Leda appears to be looking out from the picture.Osanna told the Italian news agency ANSA, "Leda watches the spectator with a sensuality that's absolutely pronounced."
The fresco was found inside a costly domus, or home, which stood near the center of town.Archaeologists discovered the still-colorful work of art last week during a dig aimed at protecting the ancient city's structures.Heavy rainfall and usual wear-and-tear have caused some ruins to collapse.
Ossana said the home's owner may have been a rich trader.The owner may have wanted to make people believe he was cultured with his choice of myth-related frescoes.
Because of safety concerns, the still-undug parts of the home where the fresco was found will likely remain that way, ANSA reported.Archaeologists are still considering removing the fresco, as well as another fresco discovered in the home earlier this year,to a place where "they can be protected and shown to the public," Osanna said.
The Pompeii archaeological park is one of Italy's top tourist sites.About 2.5 million people visit each year.
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这幅壁画描绘的是勒达与天鹅的神话传说 。在这则传说中，罗马神丘比特化身为天鹅出现 。它与凡人勒达幽会后，勒达怀孕了 。
“勒达与天鹅”是古罗马庞贝城和赫库兰尼姆城常见的艺术主题 。它们都在公元79年的维苏威火山大爆发中被毁 。
回顾历史，有许多著名艺术家创作过勒达和天鹅的作品，包括达芬奇和米开朗基罗 。爱尔兰诗人叶芝（W.B. Yeats）也创作了一首有关该传说的诗作 。
马西莫·欧萨纳（Massimo Osanna）是庞贝考古公园的负责人 。他称赞，这幅壁画与众不同，因为勒达似乎从画内向外张望 。欧萨纳告诉意大利安莎通讯社，“很明显，画中的勒达那充满情欲的迷离双眼望向来者 。”
这幅壁画是在市中心附近的一处豪华住宅内发现的 。上周，考古学家在保护古城建筑的一次发掘中发现了这幅色彩斑斓的艺术作品 。雨水冲刷和常见的磨损造成一些废墟坍塌 。
欧萨纳表示，这所豪宅的主人可能是一位富商 。他可能想借这样一幅神话壁画告诉访客，自己是有文化修养的 。
安莎社报道，出于安全方面的考虑，发现壁画的房屋中仍未开挖的部分或将保持原样 。欧萨纳说，考古学家仍在考虑，将这幅壁画以及年初在这所房子内发现的另一幅壁画移送至一处“可保护它们并向公众展示”的地方 。
庞贝考古公园是意大利最著名的旅游景点之一 。每年约有250万人来访 。