The Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome hosts an exhibition dedicated to the ancient cities of Pompeii and Santorini, which were both destroyeded by volcanic eruptions. The exhibition is titled “Eternity in one Day” and will last until 6 January 2020. The works of art found during excavations are interspersed with modern paintings.
Pompeii and Santorini Volcano Exhibition Rome
Address, opening times and admission
Address Scuderie del Quirinale: Via XXIV Maggio, 16 – Rome. Tel. reservations: +39 02 92897722. Opening hours: From 10:00 to 20:00 (Friday and Saturday to 22:30). Admission: 15 Euro (discount 13 Euro; children under 6 free).
Pompeii and Santorini: Eternity in One Day
The exhibition consists of archaeological finds from two ancient cities, both of which have been hit by volcanic disasters. This happened in Santorini in 1613 BC and on Pompeii in 79 AD.
The exhibition consists of about 300 objects. The oldest of these date from the late Bronze Age and originate from Akrotiti on the Greek island of Santorini. Attention is paid to the artistic production as well as the daily life and the political and social structure in the two cities.
Between the finds from antiquity modern works of art are on display, providing an interesting contrast.
The exhibition starts with a large plaster cast of a horse, which was found north of ancient Pompeii. It is followed by a archeological finds from Santorini and Pompeii. These include a mural with three late bronze age women figures and bronze pots with edges still covered in volcanic rock.
The following rooms exhibit works of art from Pompeii. These rooms are intended to provide an insight into everyday life in the city at that time. The highlight is a mural of Venus on a quadriga pulled by elephants. Another fresco, depicting satyrs, still lifes and mythological scenes, includes children’s graffiti.
The last room in this section shows wall decorations from the large dining room of the House of the Golden Bracelet. The beautifully preserved murals show lush garden scenes with trees, birds and plants. Through a window in one of these murals you can see a painting by Andy Warhol from 1985, which depicts an eruption of Vesuvius.
The rooms on the top floor are dedicated to Akrotiri artifacts. This part of the exhibition consists mainly of urns and vases for all kinds of use. There are also some murals on display, including a “Naked Boy” and “Young Fishermen”. It is the first time that these objects have been exhibited outside Greece.
Old and new
The last part of the exhibition connects the volcanic eruptions of Akrotiri and Pompeii with modern works of art. The latter all have transience as their theme in one way or another. Casts of volcanic victims stand alongside works by contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst and Alan McCollum. Hirst is represented by the work “United Black Monochrome” from 1997, a canvas completely covered with dead flies. Other artists represented include Renato Guttuso and William Turner.
The exhibition ends with modern works referring to Pompeii. Examples are “Vesuvius Circle” by Richard Long and “Girl in thought at the excavations of Pompeii” by Filippo Palizzi.