Monday, 2 February 2009

Pompeii and the Roman Villa

Following on from Molly's post of 22nd January (Symposium: National Gallery), I just want to point out for those (like me) who didn't initially realise it that the symposium is just one of the events - including gallery lectures and teacher and school workshops - taking place in conjunction with a big exhibition entitled 'Pompeii and the Roman Villa'. The exhibition website is really impressive. There are a series of audio guides that you can listen to on-line, a lecture by Paul Zanker, and you can watch a video clip of the exhibition. Finally, you can buy a video ' Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples', narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi - of 'I, Claudius' fame.
Not only all this, there are actually two exhibitions. The second is entitled 'Documenting Discovery: The Excavation of Pompeii and Herculaneum', and you can see a slideshow of images from this and also from Giorgio Sommer's photo album 'Pompei'. I particularly love these photos. You can see the Eumachia statue outside the Eumachia Building and a whole bunch of capitals, roof tiles, terracotta pots and what look like weights positioned around the altar in the Sanctuary of the Genius of Augustus. I have no idea whether these were actually found here or whether they were 'posed' for the photo.

There is a description of the exhibition in Mary Beard's blog.

1 comment:

Jo Berry said...

Here's a review of the exhibition:

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