Painting removed from a wall of a room, possibly a triclinium or dining room, in a house in Pompeii in 1749. Centaur carrying a youth and teaching him to play the lyre, as Chiron taught Achilles. The boy holds a thyrsus decorated with a ribbon and a gold tympanum drum. Copperplate engraved by Tommaso Piroli from his own "Antichita di Ercolano" (Antiquities of Herculaneum), Rome, 1789. Italian artist and engraver Piroli (1752-1824) published six volumes between 1789 and 1807 documenting the murals and bronzes found in Heraculaneum and Pompeii.
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