Pompeian Painting Analysis

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Pompeian figural paintings and Early Christian paintings were quite different when compared with one another. Within the Villa of the Mysteries, there is a Pompeian painting called, the "Dionysiac Mystery Frieze." It is believed that the scene depicts a woman and her initiation into the cult of Dionysus. Within this cult, certain rituals were to be performed for membership. There is another school of thought, which describes this painting as a woman who is about to be married, going through a particular ritual for marriage. The textbook describes this painting as an illustration of "mortals (all female save for one boy), interacting with mythological figures" (Kleiner 190), thus demonstrating the probability that this is an initiation into

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