Category:Sappho fresco (from Pompeii)

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Title Italian: Donna con tavolette cerate e stilo (cosiddetta "Saffo")
Woman with wax tablets and stylus (so-called "Sappho")
Object type Fresco
English: Tondo of Woman with wax tablets and stylus (so-called "Sappho"), National Archaeological Museum of Naples (inventory no. 9084). Roman fresco of about 50, from Pompeii (VI, Insula Occidentalis) - Discovered in 1760, is one of the most famous and beloved paintings, commonly called Sappho. Actually portrays a high-society Pompeian woman, richly dressed with gold-threaded hair and large gold earrings, bringing the stylus to the mouth and holding the wax tablets, notoriously accounting documents which therefore have nothing to do with poetry and even less with the famous Greek writer.
Italiano: Tondo di Donna con tavolette cerate e stilo (cosiddetta "Saffo"), Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli (inv. nr. 9084). Affresco romano, del 50 circa, da Pompeii (VI, Insula Occidentalis) - Rinvenuto nel 1760, è uno degli affreschi più noti ed amati, comunemente detto Saffo. Ritrae in realtà una fanciulla dell'alta società pompeiana, riccamente agghindata con una retina d'oro sui capelli e grandi orecchini d'oro; essa porta lo stilo alla bocca e tiene in mano le tavolette cerate, notoriamente documenti contabili che dunque nulla hanno a che vedere con la poesia e ancor meno con la famosa scrittrice greca.
Date between 55 and 79
Medium fresco on gesso
Dimensions Height: 37 cm (14.5 in); Width: 38 cm (14.9 in)
Naples National Archaeological Museum  Blue pencil.svg wikidata:Q637248  (Inventory)
Naples National Archaeological Museum
Native name Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
Location Naples, Italy
Coordinates 40° 51′ 12″ N, 14° 15′ 02″ E Link to OpenStreetMap Link to Google Maps
Established 1585
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Authority control
1st floor, room 76
Accession number 9084
Object history Place of discovery: Pompeii. Date:
Notes Depicted person: Sappho
Fresco showing a woman so-called Sappho holding writing implements, from Pompeii, Naples National Archaeological Museum (14842101892).jpg