Italy, Naples, Naples Museum, from Pompeii, House of Punished Love (VII, 2, 23), Mars and Venus

- Image ID: CEM39R
Italy, Naples, Naples Museum, from Pompeii, House of Punished Love (VII, 2, 23), Mars and Venus
Sites & Photos / Shmuel Magal / Alamy Stock Photo
Image ID: CEM39R
The clear colours, light background and strong contrast between the swarthy complexion of the male protagonist and the lilywhite skin of the woman are typical attributes of the 3rd Style, which retains much of the Archaic. The cupid who is witnessing the scene not only plays up the erotic content but also alludes to subject of the picture which stands as a pendant to this one.