Artcyclopedia
Explore Great Works of Art
 
    Previous

MasterScans

Wallpaper-quality pictures of great art from around the Web, updated daily
Next >
   
Artist: unknown painter at Herculaneum


Title: Achilles taught to play the lyre by Chiron

Date: ca.45-79 A.D.
Medium: fresco
Dimensions: -
Location: Museo Nazionale, Naples

Image size: 964 x 1000 pixels, 520 Kbytes
Image source: Classics Department, University of Texas
              
1.  Open in a
new window
unknown painter at Herculaneum: Achilles taught to play the lyre by Chiron

 
2.  Open in a 'chromeless' window
 
 
 
The centaur Chiron was known in Greek mythology as a great scholar and teacher: his students were said to include Hercules, Achilles and Jason. He is immortalized in the sky as the constellation Sagittarius.

In 79 A.D. Herculaneum buried under 75 feet of ash by the same eruption of Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii. It wasn't rediscovered until the 1700s. There are other photos of the incredible works from these two great cities here:
 
 
Make a suggestion  
 
 
 
 
 
ARTCYCLOPEDIA

Top 30 Artists
Articles
Art News
Art Museums Worldwide
Masterpieces
Links
About Us