Nino Migliori

Tomb of the Diver

Tomba del Tuffatore

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Found by the Italian archeologist Mario Napoli on the 3rd of June 1968 during an excavation of a necropolis near the formerly Greek city of Paestum in Magna Graecia.

In the grave there are several frescos. The most famous shows a man diving into waves. The tob itself contains a corpse of a young man (we can guess the man in the fresco) and several objects that would have been used at a gymnasium. It is estimated that the tob dates from about 470BC.

The image of the diver is a known gay icon and is often associated with the post war Italian photographer Nino Migliori similarly titled “Il Tuffatore”, 1951.

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