The Secret Room at the Naples Archeological Museum

Posted on April 9, 2013. Filed under: Art, Italy, Travel | Tags: , , , , , |

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I thought I would stay on the topic of Naples and Pompeii today.  After a visit to the archeological site of Pompeii, it is a great idea to get to the museum in nearby Naples because that is where all the fragile and really valuable artifacts from the site are held.  There is some gorgeous glassware that looks so fragile, but somehow survived the whole disaster.  There are lots of cooking vessels and exquisite bronzes and mosaics.  It really fleshes out even more what that sumptuous town was like in its heyday.

The museum also holds the “Secret Room,” depository of bizarre phallic symbols and art works of all manner of sexual visuals. Apparently the ancients had a fascination with their genitals and the act of procreation. In Pompeii we toured the brothel complete with little “offices” equipped with stone beds/pillows and paintings on the walls meant to “inspire.” Also, below is a picture of a painting in the entryway to a home depicting the owner displaying his enormous wares for all who enter.

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Naples is definitely worth a visit, both for the pizzerias and the archeological museum!

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I’ve been to the museum, but sadly, we missed the secret room. Perhaps this would be a good reason to go back 🙂

Oh boy! You must go back! Again, a great excuse to get back to Italy!


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