Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave
Rosekrans and Galleries B-F, Legion of Honor
Due to the coronavirus lock down in Italy, the opening of this exhibition and the opening-day symposium have been postponed. The new opening date: TBD. In the meantime, keep well and keep safe.
This exhibition reveals how, before Mount Vesuvius blew up in AD 79 and rocked the Bay of Naples, people in Pompeii and nearby farms and villages were engaged in typical daily activities, many of which revolved around food and drink. Thousands were killed in the midst of their daily routines. The swiftness of the eruption and the depth of the volcanic cover of pumice and hot ash preserved the buried ruins, creating a time capsule that left the city of Pompeii virtually intact. Its rediscovery gives us a picture of what life was like in a thriving Roman city.
Antiquities on view in the exhibition run the gamut from luxury furnishings and tableware of precious metal; mosaics and frescoes; and marble and bronze sculpture decorating the home, to carbonized foodstuffs laid on the table. Together the objects open a vista onto the splendor and luxury loved by the wealthy Romans who called Pompeii their homes.
Most of the works in this presentation have never before left Italy. This exhibition is organized by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, in collaboration with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn
Clare C. McEvoy Charitable Remainder Unitrust and Jay D. McEvoy Trust
Diane B. Wilsey
Ruddock Foundation for the Arts
Iris S. Chan and Dr. Michael Chan
Additional support is provided by Bernard and Jane von Bothmer in honor of Dr. Dietrich von Bothmer; Elizabeth D. Moyer, PhD, and MichaelC. Powanda, PhD; Sheila Wishek; and the Ancient Art Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
For tickets information, please visit: https://legionofhonor.famsf.org/exhibitions/pompeii.
About Exhibitions at the Ancient Art Council
Exhibitions are an important aspect of a curatorial department. The Ancient Art Department has organized and mounted over the years exhibitions showcasing art from different ancient cultures in the Mediterranean. Some of these exhibitions are also accompanied by scholarly catalogues written, edited, or with contributions by the curator in charge of Ancient Art and Interpretation, and published by the Publications Department. Exhibitions, like publications, fulfill the fundamental commitment of the Department to education, research, and scholarship.