Stunning watercolor fresco discovered in the ruins of Pompeii beneath a 2,000-year-old layer of volcanic ash

Archaeologists have found a fresco depicting a sensual scene between a sensual woman and a swan in an ancient Pompeii bedroom.

The watercolour scene has maintained its brilliant detail and colour despite being buried under the ash from the infamous Vesuvius eruption for nearly 2,000 years.

Experts have said the swan is an embodiment of the Roman god Zeus – Jupiter in Roman mythology – who is impregnating the mortal princess Leda.

The fresco ‘Leda e il cigno’ (Leda and the swan) discovered in the archeological area in Pompeii. The fresco depicts a story and art subject of Greek mythology, with Leda being impregnated by Zeus – Jupiter in Roman mythology – in the form of a swan

Archaeologists found the fresco depicting a sensual scene between a sensual woman and a swan in an ancient Pompeii bedroom (pictured)

Pompeii archaeological park director Massimo Osanna told Italian news agency ANSA about the legend of Leda and the swan.

He says the scene of the bird impregnating the mythical woman was a common theme in Pompeii interior design.

Mr Osanna went on to praise the fresco as exceptional due to the appearance of the mortal woman looking at whoever’s gazing at the fresco.

 

He said: ‘Leda watches the spectator with a sensuality that’s absolutely pronounced.’

The fresco was discovered during ongoing work to consolidate the ancient city’s structures after rains and wear-and-tear in past years caused some ruins to collapse.

The flourishing ancient Roman city was buried by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii, Oplontis, and Stabiae under ashes and rock fragments, and the city of Herculaneum under a mudflow.

The fresco was discovered during ongoing work to consolidate the ancient city’s structures after rains and wear-and-tear in past years caused some ruins to collapse

Every single resident died instantly when the southern Italian town was hit by a 500°C pyroclastic hot surge from Europe’s only active volcano.

The excavation of Pompeii, the industrial hub of the region and Herculaneum, a small beach resort, has given unparalleled insight into Roman life.

Archaeologists are continually uncovering more from the ash-covered city.

 

In May archaeologists uncovered an alleyway of grand houses, with balconies left mostly intact and still in their original hues.

The discovery of the fresco provides yet more insight into how the residents of the doomed city live.

The flourishing ancient Roman city was buried by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii, Oplontis, and Stabiae under ashes and rock fragments, and the city of Herculaneum under a mudflow

The excavation of Pompeii, the industrial hub of the region and Herculaneum, a small beach resort, has given unparalleled insight into Roman life. The discovery of the fresco provides yet more insight into how the residents of the doomed city lived