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    Images of the Doomed City: The Last Days of Pompeii in the Visual Imagination

    Presented by at Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum

    September 20, 2012


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    Images of the Doomed City: The Last Days of Pompeii in the Visual Imagination

    Adrian Stähli, Professor of Classical Archaeology, Department of the Classics, Harvard University

    The destruction of Pompeii—buried under the ashes of erupting Mount Vesuvius—was one of the most widespread and visually powerful motifs of 19th-century historical painting. Although many, if not most, of these paintings are now forgotten and are only rarely on display in museums, they had a long-lasting impact on stage and ?lm adaptations of Pompeii’s last days and still shape our visual imagination of the doomed city. In conjunction with this lecture, the 1926 silent movie Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei (The Last Days of Pompeii) will be shown at the Harvard Film Archive on Sunday, September 23, at 4pm.

    Free admission.

    Reception to follow lecture; complimentary parking for lecture at the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street.


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    Cambridge, MA 02138

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