Art

LAST SUPPER IN POMPEII: FROM THE TABLE TO THE GRAVE. A special exhibition at the Legion of Honor museum, SF

  • Where: Legion of Honor museum, Lincoln Park \ 100 34th Avenue, San Francisco
  • When: May 7, 2021 – August 29, 2021

This exhibition is conceived and developed by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, and is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in collaboration with the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli and the Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

In AD 79, the Bay of Naples was rocked by the fiery eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Pompeii and nearby villages and farms were completely buried under pumice and hot ash, which killed thousands in the midst of their daily activities. Plaster casts of these bodies are a dramatic reminder of this disaster but, like a fly caught in amber, what was preserved gives us a picture of what life was like in a thriving Roman city. The exhibition brings us back into this world by focusing on everyday life and especially on food and drink. Along with the pots, pans, and other paraphernalia in the distribution, preparing, and serving food, this exhibition includes glorious works of art, which reveal the splendor and luxury loved by the wealthy Romans who called Pompeii their home.



With the support of

the Consulate General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco