Thursday, May 5, 2022, 11:00 AM until 12:15 PM
Join TTNers for a private tour of the exhibit Pompeii in Color: The Life of Roman Painting with a member of the curatorial team at NYU’s Institute for Study of the Ancient World. This unique exhibit presents 35 frescoes from the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, many never exhibited before in the US.
Originally from Roman homes, these paintings present mythological scenes, inviting landscapes, sumptuous still lifes, astonishing trompe-l’oeil, captivating portraits, and energetic genre scenes from a vanished world that most people know only by the volcanic eruption.
These remarkably well-preserved frescoes invite us to see beyond the ashes of the tragic city, and instead experience the vibrant world of the ancient Roman home as the Pompeians themselves knew it.
Just as intriguingly, the exhibition raises many of the same questions that we do today when we enter a home: What stories are being told through décor, and how and why? And what can these images show us about the world that a person inhabits?
They provide a thrilling view of ancient painting, the tastes and values of the Romans who lived with these works, as well as the techniques used by the artists who created them.
After the tour you can stay for a pay-your-own-lunch nearby.
Our Guide: Rachel Herschman, PhD joined the Curatorial Staff at NYU’s Institute for Study of the Ancient World in 2016. She was digital content author for Pompeii in Color, and co-curated recent exhibits on ancient Rome and Greece. Rachel previously worked at the Jewish Museum and the LES Tenement Museum. She received a BA (hons) from McGill and an MA and PhD from the University of Washington.