March 27, 2013

Pompeii and Herculaneum Art Exhibit

In 79AD the flourishing Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried by a volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Life and death Pompeii and Herculaneum is now being exhibited at the British Museum, in London until September 2013.

On display are over 450 pieces, many showing real-life moments forever preserved when an entire population, rich and poor, fell into extinction. From practicality to erotic art, we get a glimpse into a past that, in many ways, reflects humanity today.


Here we see an example of middle class people. Interestingly, the man holds a scroll, while the woman holds a waxed tablet used for contracts and accounts, denoting she is in charge of business matters. As she stands in front of him, we can infer they are at least considered as equals.

A sculpture of pan in an erotic depiction with a goat demonstrates mythic art that reaches beyond the comfort zone of today's society. Shown in video.

Suggested article by The Guardian.

A short video preview of the collection with the exhibits curator.


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