September 3, 2012

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

by Randolph Rogers
(Courtesy of Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum)
M. Victor Leventritt Lecture
Adrian Staehli, Professor of Classical Archaeology, Department of the Classics, Harvard University

Free admission

Thursday, September 20, 2012
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM
Arthur M. Sackler Museum
485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

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 film 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 4 PM.

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

The M. Victor Leventritt Fund was established through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935. The purpose of the fund is to present outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities.

Reprinted from calendar of events