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Reconstructing Ancient Pompeii by Fortunino Matania Featured Print

Reconstructing Ancient Pompeii by Fortunino Matania

In front of the magnificent temple of Apollo: a reconstruction of Pompeii before the terrible eruption of 79 A.D. A scene drawn by Sphere special artist Fortunino Matania, done whilst visiting excavations of the ancient Roman town. Born in Naples, Matania had spent much of his childhood exploring Pompeii and his fondness and skill for historical reconstruction in later life was ignited by these early impressions. Here, the artist draws himself imagining Pompeii in its heyday. He writes in the caption, 'Beautiful Pompeii rose from the ruins as I looked at it.' Date: 1921

© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

Pompeii as it was in Ancient Days by Matania Featured Print

Pompeii as it was in Ancient Days by Matania

Life in Pompeii 2000 years ago. A new reconstruction series by Fortunino Matania, no. III. Bringing in the new wine to Pompeii after the October vintage. The opening up of new excavations in Pompeii in 1924 led the Sphere special artist and expert in historical reconstruction, paint a series of scenes of daily life in ancient Pompeii. A new vintage of wine is brought into Pompeii from the countryside by means of specially constructed cars, each containing a skin of wine. The latter was the skin of a cow, with the neck tied up at the front and the tail serving as the only outlet. The car was pulled by two horses along the streets of the town, passing exactly over a causeway of raised stones such as were to be found in every Pompeiian street. Not possessing drains, during rainy weather, the streets of Pompeii were flooded by rain water flowing down to the Tiber, consequently passers-by were forced to cross the street on the raised causeway. The wine car stopped before various taverns, and all the 'anfore' were brought out to be filled. The drawing represents the filling of these anfore. The car was drawn from a fresco discovered at Pompeii. At the time of this drawing by Matania (who had been born in Naples), the same scenes were enacted before the cantine of Naples, which have been built on the same lines as those of Pompeii. Cars loaded with barrels still unloaded the new wine coming from the same vineyards. Date: 1924

© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

Early Sumerian Sculpture Featured Print

Early Sumerian Sculpture

A double page from The Illustrated London News, 19 May 1934, entitled 'An Extraordinary Discovery of Early Sumerian Sculpture'. The photographs show excavations along with some of the items found at the Tell Asmar site, in Iraq. The twelve statues found in 1933 became known as the Tell Asmar Hoard. Date: 19 May 1934

© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans