The fact of expressing or denoting by means of a figure or symbol; symbolic action or exhibition of an idea
Since the discovery of Pompeii in the 18th century, poets , authors, artists and filmmakers have sought to represent aspects of these cities of Vesuvius
Early representations have focused on the neoclassical aspects of art and architecture.
As discoveries continued 18th and 19th century representations focused on the human disaster
In the 21st century, with the addition of further archaeological discoveries and technology the focus has been on virtual reconstructions of the physical and human elements. Fiorelli’s plaster castes have become the iconic symbol of the Vesuvian disaster