Wednesday 23 February 2011

Apollo from Pompeii: Investigating an Ancient Bronze

As previously reported, starting next week the Apollo Saettante will go on display at the Getty Villa, the second major bronze from Pompeii to be conserved and displayed here (the first was the ephebe from the House of the Ephebe). For more details about the loan of these bronzes to the US, see here:
Apollo from Pompeii: Investigating an Ancient Bronze
March 2–September 12, 2011
Buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, the Apollo Saettante (Apollo as an Archer) was unearthed in pieces between 1817 and 1818. Depicting the god in the act of shooting an arrow, the statue was one of the first major bronzes to be found at Pompeii. As part of the J. Paul Getty Museum's collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, the sculpture was brought to the Getty Villa for study and conservation treatment in 2009. This exhibition offers a behind-the-scenes look at that project, revealing how the statue was manufactured in antiquity as well as the methods and materials used to restore it in nineteenth-century Naples.

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