Paestum frescoes shown outside Italy

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14 October 2007, Hamburg (dpa) - Frescoes painted 2,400 years ago in southern Italy went on display in the German city of Hamburg Saturday, the first time the Paestum tombs have been exhibited outside Italy. The 43 exquisite paintings mainly depict life in Paestum when that town was controlled by the Lucani people. The exhibition, Painting for Eternity, will by hosted by the Bucerius Kunst Forum art gallery in Hamburg until January 20. The treasures include seven complete tombs from the Museo Archeologico

14 October 2007

Hamburg (dpa) - Frescoes painted 2,400 years ago in southern Italy went on display in the German city of Hamburg Saturday, the first time the Paestum tombs have been exhibited outside Italy.

The 43 exquisite paintings mainly depict life in Paestum when that town was controlled by the Lucani people.

The exhibition, Painting for Eternity, will by hosted by the Bucerius Kunst Forum art gallery in Hamburg until January 20. The treasures include seven complete tombs from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Paestum.

"Unlike the Pharaoh's pyramids, Greek tombs and Roman sarcophagi, the Lucani tombs were not intended as monuments to impress later generations," according to the exhibition notes. After burial, these tombs were closed.

The fact that the graves remained sealed until the 20th century ensured that their interior frescoes survived undamaged.

Each tomb comprises four slabs of stone, each weighing several tons, and these are juxtaposed in the exhibition in their original positions.

Excavations near the town in the 1960s revealed about 200 graves from the 4th century BC.

The frescoes depict burial scenes or the lives of the leisure class. Common subjects are the return home of men and women who are offered drinks, hunting scenes and martial arts such as boxing.

The Hamburg exhibition also includes vases, weapons and other items placed in the tombs with the bodies to equip the dead in the afterlife.

Internet: www.buceriuskunstforum.de

DPA

Subject: German news

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