Archaeologists have found in an ancient Pompeii bedroom a fresco depicting a sensual scene of a goddess and swan.
The figure of goddess Leda being impregnated by a swan representing Roman god Jupiter was a fairly common theme in home decoration in Pompeii and nearby Herculaneum, another ancient town destroyed in A.D. 79 by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius near present-day Naples.
But Pompeii archaeological park director Massimo Osanna praised this fresco as exceptional since the goddess appears to look at whoever’s looking at the fresco upon entering the bedroom.
“Leda watches the spectator with a sensuality that’s absolutely pronounced,” Osanna told the Italian news agency ANSA. Read more.