"Tomb of the Diver” in Paestum, Italy
The enigmatic “Tomb of the Diver” was constructed and decorated around 470 BCE. Scholars debate whether it is Greek or Lucanian in origin. It is made of five limestone slabs, four making up the walls of the tomb, and the fifth – and most spectacular – the roof. It is upon this fifth roof slab that the famous image of a young man diving into a stream of water appears – from which the tomb takes its name. The interiors of the remaining four walls depict a symposium – Greek drinking party – scene.  All are executed in “buon fresco,” and represent the only (potentially) ancient Greek frescoes containing figurative imagery. Buona visione!


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