Una scoperta di Francesco La Vega
In: Studi e Ricerche del Parco Archeologico di Pompei: 43, 2020
The restoration of a fresco, kept in the MANN deposits and almost illegible until 2016, allowed to recognize its subject “Dionysus Silenus and Ariadne with grape-gatherer satyrs” and the origin of a villa excavated in 1781 by Francesco La Vega in Stabiae in the locality Sassole.
The examination of the representation definitively clarifies the confusion, long repeated, between the fresco found (Roman inventory 1536) and that from Pompeii (inv. 9274) due to an incorrect identification of Fiorelli.
The analysis of the locations of frescoes in which are present Dionysus and Silenus out a mythological context, refers to rooms intended for wine pressing in which the image of the god served as an evocation of his presence wanted and sought by the client of the painting because the torcularium was clearly under the protection of the divinity during the pressing and winemaking activities.