FRIEZE OF THE DIONYSIAC MYSTERIES

Villa of the Mysteries Pompeii c. 50 B.C. The great Dionysiac frieze in a living room or parlor. This monumental work, the largest to survive from antiquity, is in a simplified second style. The figures are framed on top and bottom of the frieze, with vertical framing panels which are broken in two. The flat red background limits the sense of depth.

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