20th-century greetings from Pompeii

Here is Pompeii in the illustrations by painter Aurelio Craffonara (1875-1945), a Lombard artist from Gallarate in the province of Varese, who studied at Genoa’s Fine Arts Academy and is mostly known for his extensive work as illustrator and caricaturist.

Despite his success with books, magazines and advertisement posters, Craffonara never abandoned painting – a passion that led him to show his watercolors all around the world.

The images of Pompeii’s ruins in this gallery represent only a small part of a series of 74 postcards he created in 1901, published in a special collection.A p

Aurelio Craffonara, vedute delle rovine di Pompei, 1901 - view of Pompeii's ruins

Via di Stabia

Aurelio Craffonara, vedute delle rovine di Pompei, 1901 - view of Pompeii's ruins

A peristyle

Aurelio Craffonara, vedute delle rovine di Pompei, 1901 - view of Pompeii's ruins

Interior of a house

Aurelio Craffonara, vedute delle rovine di Pompei, 1901 - view of Pompeii's ruins

Temple of Venus

Aurelio Craffonara, vedute delle rovine di Pompei, 1901 - view of Pompeii's ruins

Temple of Apollo

Aurelio Craffonara, vedute delle rovine di Pompei, 1901 - view of Pompeii's ruins

Via delle Tombe

Aurelio Craffonara, vedute delle rovine di Pompei, 1901 - view of Pompeii's ruins

Amphitheater (outside)

Aurelio Craffonara, vedute delle rovine di Pompei, 1901 - view of Pompeii's ruins

A vestibule

Aurelio Craffonara, vedute delle rovine di Pompei, 1901 - view of Pompeii's ruins

Temple of Jupiter

Aurelio Craffonara, vedute delle rovine di Pompei, 1901 - view of Pompeii's ruins

House of Cornelius Rufus

Aurelio Craffonara, vedute delle rovine di Pompei, 1901 - view of Pompeii's ruins

House of the Vettii

Aurelio Craffonara, vedute delle rovine di Pompei, 1901 - view of Pompeii's ruins

Via del Balcone

Aurelio Craffonara, vedute delle rovine di Pompei, 1901 - view of Pompeii's ruins

Public ovens

Aurelio Craffonara, vedute delle rovine di Pompei, 1901 - view of Pompeii's ruins

Temple of Hercules

Aurelio Craffonara, vedute delle rovine di Pompei, 1901 - view of Pompeii's ruins

The tomb of a sailor

Aurelio Craffonara, vedute delle rovine di Pompei, 1901 - view of Pompeii's ruins

The book where the images were published: "Pompei. Schizzi di A. Craffonara", E. Ragozino-F.lli Benzo, Naples-Cassine 1901

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