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Pompeii's Alexander the Great mosaic set to be restored


Pompeii's famed mosaic of Alexander the Great's victory over Persian king Darius at the Battle of Issus is set to be restored in a project starting at the end of the month and lasting until July, officials said Thursday.


Pompeii's Alexander the Great mosaic set to be restored
Credit: Pedicini Fotografi/MANN



The work depicting the 333 BC triumph, stored in Naples' Archeological Museum (MANN), is one of the most celebrated works that have come from the ancient Roman city buried by an eruption from Mount Vesuvius in 49 AD.


Pompeii's Alexander the Great mosaic set to be restored
Credit: Pedicini Fotografi/MANN

The project is being run by Italy's Central Restoration Institute (ICR), the university of Molise UNIMOL and the Center for Research on Archaeometry and Conservation Science (CRACS).


Pompeii's Alexander the Great mosaic set to be restored
Credit: Pedicini Fotografi/MANN



The director of the Naples archeological museum, Paolo Giulierini, said "with the start of the restoration of the Alexander the Great mosaic, we will write together an important page in the history of MANN's history, and of the conservation of the whole of Italy's cultural heritage.


Pompeii's Alexander the Great mosaic set to be restored
Credit: Pedicini Fotografi/MANN

"It will be a grand restoration, that will take place with the eyes of the world upon us. We are embarking on a thrilling journey over the next seven months". 


Source: ANSA [January 07, 2021]



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1 comment :

  1. Is the whole scene going to be restored as it was in ancient times? Partially restored? Stabilized? What? Were the original tesserae recovered at the site? If this mosaic were accurately restored, it would perhaps replicate one of the lost Greek panel painting masterworks. Fascinating.

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