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27" x 13 1/2", oil on board and mixed media.
The city of Pompeii located near Naples, Italy, was destroyed and completely buried during the catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius over a period of two days in 79 AD. It wasn’t until an engineer in the year 1748 inspecting a water tunnel bore his shaft deep into the ground and accidentally discovered Pompeii’s ruins. Some religious historians feel that it was the wrath of God that caused the downfall of Pompeii because of its rampant sexual life-style. Graffiti on the excavated walls had “Sodom and Gomorrah” written on them. Was the destruction of Pompeii divine retribution? One will never know!