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A recent cruise took us from Athens to Barcelona. Normally, a frequent point of visit on such a trajectory is Sorrento, a jumping off port for Pompeii, Herculaneum, Capri and the Amalfi Coast. On this occasion, the seas were too rough to anchor off the coast, and to tender into Sorrento. Accordingly, the ship's captain decided to dock across the Bay in Naples. This gave us a chance to visit the National Museum of Archaeology in Naples. I had seen those other sites many times in the past, and this time I had the opportunity to see the National Museum. I thought it was spectacular. The three ancient cities — Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabia — were victims of the famous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79. Archaeological relics, including some of the finest frescoes, excavated at those sites, are all on permanent view at the museum. The Farnese collection of colossal Roman statuary is also on permanent exhibition.

On this occasion, there was an ongoing special exhibition at the museum, a celebration of 18th and 19th-century artists' renditions of the Classical World. I found out only after I took this photo with my new iPhone 6 Plus that photography was not allowed in the special exhibition. And, as I sat on a bench steadying my iPhone, I had not planned to include the man seen in profile on the left. But, I am glad the man wandered into the scene, and I am glad I captured this impressive scene — featuring good light, excellent colours, satisfactory depth-of-field, and symbolically timely. I will upload this image into the group theme Pictures at an Exhibition II.

Seen here is a magnificently carved 18th-century marble statue of "Atlas Balancing the Globe." It's an immense load, but symbolically timely. I wish the present world leaders could rise to the occasion and hold up a fast sinking world!

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