Foro civile. PompeiArtist(s)ItalianObject Creation Datecirca 1860Medium & Supportalbumen print on paperDimensions
10 7/16 in. x 14 15/16 in. ( 26.5 cm x 37.9 cm )Credit LineTransfer from the Kelsey Museum of ArchaeologySubject matter
This photograph represents the forum of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, now in ruins. Pompeii, along with its neighbor Herculaneum, was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE, which buried and thereby preserved the two cities in ash, pumice, and dirt. Since their rediscovery in the eighteenth century, Pompeii and Herculaneum have become major sites of conservation, tourism, as well as plunder. In the left middle ground of the photograph, a single male figure stands amid the stony remains of columns and pavement. The dark silhouette of Mount Vesuvius looms in the distance.
Photograph of Roman ruins. Rows of columns surround some tiles. A man observes the ruins.
Eva Caston 2017Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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columns (architectural elements)
forums (open spaces)