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A Day in Pompeii



The original sculpture, one of a pair of bronze statues of runners, was found in the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum and is now in the collections of the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy. Made by the Italian photographer, Mimmo Jodice, the original photograph is a hand-toned print. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Museum of Art
The original sculpture, one of a pair of bronze statues of runners, was found in the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum and is now in the collections of the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy. Made by the Italian photographer, Mimmo Jodice, the original photograph is a hand-toned print.
Photo courtesy of Birmingham Museum of Art
A Day in Pompeii
UNITED STATES
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA  •  San Diego Natural History Museum  •  Ongoing
 

Buried in 79 CE by a catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii remained hidden and forgotten until 1748 when archeologists began to excavate the site. What they discovered were exquisitely preserved objects that offer a glimpse into the day-to-day life of this ancient city.

This exhibition features more than 250 authentic artifacts. Most poignant and dramatic are the body casts of the volcano's victims, frozen in their last moments. Beautiful frescoes, jewelry, statues, and household items take you back in time to experience life and death in ancient Rome's favorite vacation resort. The magnificence of these vibrant cities is reconstructed, with body casts and skeletons shown in the context in which they were found as the pyroclastic surges’ ash and superheated gases engulfed their world. Citizens clutched their most precious possessions, including jewelry, coins and the tools of their trade. The exhibition also features large-scale frescoes, mosaics, and powerful bronzes depicting subjects from Greek mythology and Roman politics.



San Diego Natural History Museum Web Site


Pompei à Paris A l'ombre du Vésuve: Exposition au Petit Palais

Contact: San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: (1) 619 255 02 17

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