Pompeii Comes Out from Under the Ash at MMFA

pompeii mmfaAncient Pompeii is at the same time revered and shrouded in mystery.  An advanced and popular Roman city it was suddenly and cruelly halted in 79 A.D. when nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted covering the buildings and many residents under a ton of ash.


The hub of activity was a city that Romans came to for culture, art, excess, and just a general good time.  Within the city you could find many beautiful theatres, baths, mansions, gardens, and other leisure spaces.


A partnership between the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Royal Ontario Museum of Toronto along with Italian partners Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli and Soprintendenza Pompei has brought about this immersive collection from the excavated ruins of Pompeii.  The many frescoes, statues, household items, arts, and even a full gladiator suit give us a window into what this city was all about.  Important as until the excavation done not that long ago much of what entailed Pompeii was lost to us.


pompeii mmfa3Situated in the Bay of Naples in the year 79 A.D. over the course of less than 24 hours the entire city was under ash from the erupting volcano.  The affluent trading city was gone.  Though less than 2,000 of the city’s 15,000 residents perished it was still a big loss and the city remained a mystery.  It was gone until excavation began on it in the middle of the 18th century.


Around 220 artefacts make up this exhibition and they give us of the 21st century a window into the everyday life of the residents.  Articles from the city’s homes, baths, theatres, shops, gardens, and markets are there to be discovered.  And a discovery is what you undertake while walking through the many full rooms.


For instance, through the statues like the one called Peplophoros give us an indication of what the residents of Pompeii found attractive in a woman and even the attributes that would lead for a woman to be considered virtuous.  This same statue and other even lead us to the fact that residents of Pompeii considered things of Greek origin to be desirable because they were seen to be superior.  Greek style is everywhere in the art, architecture and clothing of the upper class residents of Pompeii.  Truly a window into history.


Additional Information:

-Dates:  February 6 – September 15, 2016

-Website: www.mbam.qc.ca


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