The model of Pompeii

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The model of Pompeii shows, in 1:100 scale, the Vesuvian town from the beginning of excavations to the second postwar period, being sometimes the only existing documentation of its structures and decorations in the areas damaged by the passage of time or disappeared because of wars.

After continuous transfers from Naples to Pompeii, it was dismantled in order to be kept and protectedfrom the events of the Second World War and finally it was reassembled and placed in the Museum in 1950.

The amphitheatre, the insula occidentalis and the insula 2 of the regioVIII, as well as what was unearthed during the excavations carried out in the last decades of the twentieth century, do not appear in the reproduction.

The large model was designed on the initiative of Giuseppe Fiorelli, supervisor of the excavations of Pompeii from 1861and curator of the Museum from1863 to 1875, while its execution was entrusted first to Felice Padiglione and then, in 1908, to Nicola Roncicchi, the maker of the model of the Villa Pisanella at Boscoreale.

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