File:Herkulaneischer Meister 002.jpg

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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
medium QS:P186,Q25631150;P186,Q1514256,P518,Q861259
Dimensions Height: 37 cm (14.5 ″); Width: 38 cm (14.9 ″)
dimensions QS:P2048,37U174728;P2049,38U174728
institution QS:P195,Q637248
Current location
1st floor, room 76
Accession number
Object history Place of discovery: Pompeii. Date:
Notes Depicted person: Sappho

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English: So-called Sappho, fourth style fresco; Pompeii, Region VI, Insula occidentalis. A young woman is shown with a pen (stylus) that is used to enscribe writing on the wax tablets she is holding. The net in her hair is made of golden threads and typical for the fashion of the Neronian period.
Italiano: Tondo con affresco antico-romano, del 50 circa, di donna con tavolette cerate e stilo (cosiddetta "Saffo").
Photographer Herkulaneischer Meister
Source The Yorck Project () 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei (DVD-ROM), distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH. ISBN: 3936122202.
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Public domain
The work of art depicted in this image and the reproduction thereof are in the public domain worldwide. The reproduction is part of a collection of reproductions compiled by The Yorck Project. The compilation copyright is held by Zenodot Verlagsgesellschaft mbH and licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.

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current19:12, 17 April 2014Thumbnail for version as of 19:12, 17 April 20141,600 × 1,582 (583 KB)Eugene a (talk | contribs)true color
12:57, 8 June 2010Thumbnail for version as of 12:57, 8 June 20102,536 × 2,537 (660 KB)Amandajm (talk | contribs)Reverted to version as of 16:10, 19 May 2005 Colour too far from the actual state. Cracks should not be disguised.
18:22, 5 June 2010Thumbnail for version as of 18:22, 5 June 20102,536 × 2,537 (3.63 MB)Aavindraa (talk | contribs)restore cracks and patches on wall, remove excess red overlay
16:10, 19 May 2005Thumbnail for version as of 16:10, 19 May 20052,536 × 2,537 (660 KB)File Upload Bot (Eloquence) (talk | contribs){{Painting| |Title=<br /> ** ''de:'' Porträt eines Mädchens, Tondo |Technique=<br /> ** ''de:'' Wandmalerei |Dimensions=<br /> ** ''de:'' Durchmesser 29 cm |Location=<br /> ** ''de:'' Neapel |Country=<br /> ** ''de:'' Italien |Gallery=<br /> ** ''de:''
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