Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples

Art of the Americas Building, Level 2
May 3, 2009–October 4, 2009

Pompeii and the Roman Villa focuses on the breadth and richness of cultural and artistic life in this region. The exhibition, organized by the National Gallery, Washington, D.C., includes works of art from the imperial villa at Oplontis and from aristocratic villas such as the Villa San Marco at Stabiae and the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum, as well as works from the opulent houses of the urban elite in Pompeii, whose very name conjures up ancient Rome and other towns along the bay of Naples. The objects proposed for this exhibition are a carefully selected group of approximately one hundred-twenty works of sculpture, painting, mosaic, and luxury arts, some of them long-familiar works, others generally unknown to the public. Recent discoveries from around the Bay of Naples that have never before been exhibited in the United States will complement more familiar finds from earlier excavations. In particular, the exhibition focuses on the influence of Classical Greek culture around the Bay of Naples, where wealthy Romans displayed impressive art collections in sumptuous homes.

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Organizing Curator: Professor Carol Mattusch, Mathy Professor of Art History at George Mason University. Guest Curator at LACMA: Kenneth Lapatin, Associate Curator of Antiquities, The J. Paul Getty Museum.

Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with the cooperation of the Direzione Regionale per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici della Campania and the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompeii.
LACMA is grateful to Bank of America for their support of this exhibition.

The Los Angeles presentation was made possible in part by LACMA's Wallis Annenberg Director's Endowment Fund.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Image: Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples. © Museum Associates/LACMA.