Oplontis (June, 2013)

September 6, 2013

The Villa of Poppaea at Oplontis is not nearly as well known as the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum but it should be. Buried in the same 79 CE eruption of Vesuvius, this villa has amazing frescoes, plenty of rooms to explore, and is easily accessible via the Circumvesuviana. Also, it’s never been the slightest bit crowded when I’ve visited.

Oplontis (060313)

The view from street level.

Bird fresco, Oplontis (060313)

Birds are a popular fresco subject…

Fresco, Oplontis (060313)

Not sure what this is… Anyone know?

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Pompeii or Locked Out (June, 2013)

August 29, 2013

I enjoyed my visit to Pompeii. I really did! But in the last twenty years I have never seen so many locked houses and inaccessible areas. However, Pompeii being such a gigantic site, I still saw some great things I’d never seen before…

Locked out, Pompeii (060313)

At least you can see some of the mosaics and frescoes here…

Vietato l'accesso sign, Pompeii (060313)

Keep out!

 

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Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli (Naples Archaeological Museum)

August 10, 2013

This is my favorite museum in Italy. Like the Capitoline and Palatine Museums in Rome, the Naples Archaeological Museum has seen significant improvements in recent years. In particular, the lighting seemed better in many galleries. If you’re visiting the Naples area and have any interest in antiquity, you need to go here. A trip to Pompeii or Herculaneum is not really complete if you don’t also see the artifacts taken from those sites. Considering the current inaccessibility of vast swathes of Pompeii (see forthcoming post), I’d suggest visiting the museum instead of the site if you have a limited amount of time. Also, if you’re visiting Rome, be aware that the museum is easily reachable from Rome by train for a day trip. These photos don’t even begin to do justice to the breadth and quality of the collection:

Europa fresco, Casa di Giasone, Pompeii, MAN Naples, INV 111475 (060213)

Europa about to depart for Crete

Musicians mosaic, MAN Naples (060213)

Street musicians, late Republican mosaic by Dioscorides

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Items of Recent Interest (5)

February 20, 2013

Somehow I missed these (thanks, CAMWS winter newsletter!):

Good news out of Pompeii: major restoration project

Weird news out of Chicago: Socrates on trial again

New frescoes from the Colosseum? Apparently


Minneapolis Institute of Arts

June 27, 2012

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has an impressive collection of ancient art (I’m sure they also have an impressive collection of non-ancient art but I was pressed for time). Also free admission and parking!

A Doryphoros, late Republican copy of a Classical Greek original.

Pompeian fresco, perhaps of a Lar, 1st century CE.

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Exhibits!

February 23, 2011

Pompeii in New York.

Tutankhamun in Minnesota.