A great exhibition project to recount the fascination that the archaeological site of Pompeii held for artists and the European imagination, from the start of excavations in 1748 to its dramatic bombing in 1943.
Pompeii and Europe. 1748–1943, the exhibition devised by the Superintendent for Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae Massimo Osanna, unfolds along a twofold route, at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples and simultaneously at the Amphitheater in Pompeii.
A temporary 12-metre wooden pyramid will house exhibition on Pompeii.
Inside are the casts of 20 victims buried by ash during the 79AD eruption
The installation was designed by renowned Italian architect Francesco Venezia.
The shape is said to be a tribute to the temple of the Egyptian goddess Isis, one of the first to be discovered by archaeologists in town
The plaster casts are placed in the centre, while the exhibition also features archival photographs documenting the work in the excavations in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Excavations of Pompeii – Amphitheater
Open daily, 9:00 →19.00
until October 31, 2015
last admission at 6 pm
1st and 2nd November
last admission at 15.30
The plaster casts of Pompeii will be transferred to the restoration laboratory of the Superintendence Department in order to be studied with X ray investigations and scanner reconstruction.
The restoration of the Vesuvian ancient inhabitants is provided for the Great Pompeii Project and more than twenty of them will be on view at the exhibition “Pompeii and Europe. 1748-1943” planned on May 27th in the Amphitheater in Pompeii.
This great exhibition project will collect testimonies from the first excavation in 1748 to the dramatic bombing of 1943.
How and Why They Were Created
Giuseppe Fiorelli (1823 – 1896 Naples) was an Italian archaeologist.
He was director of the excavations of Pompeii after the unification of Italy. He conducted excavations in a systematic and scientific rigor, reorganized the archaeological area in regiones (quarters) and insulae (blocks).
It is due to his intuition the possibility of obtaining plaster casts of the victims of the eruption.
The Giuseppe Fiorelli’s technique consists in pour liquid plaster into the vacuum left in the ash when the bodies had decomposed to recreate the figures at the moment of their death.