Pompeii: Fascination and Fantasy
Presented in conjunction with the exhibtion The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection on view through January 7, 2013, this program examines how Pompeii and other ancient sites destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 have been an obsession for modern writers and artists from the eighteenth century to the present. Speakers explore topics such as fictional heroines, spectacular reenactments, virtual reality reconstructions, and Pompeii in modern and contemporary art and film.
- Kenneth Lapatin, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (moderator)
- Victoria C. Gardner Coates, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Slaves, Sluts, and Saints: The Imaginary Women of Pompeii"
- Shelley Hales, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
"Virtual Interiors: Inhabiting 'Pompeian' Houses in Nineteenth-Century Europe"
- John Seydl, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
"Pompeii and Trauma in European Postwar Sculpture"
- Nick Yablon, University of Iowa, Iowa City
"The 'Eruptive Sublime': American Visions of Pompeii, 1879-1914"
- Adrian Stähli, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
"The Last Days of Pompeii in Cinema"
- Mary Beard, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (respondent)