The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has mounted one of those shows that can probably best be described as once in a lifetime. Running from February 6 September 5, 2016 Pompeii, is a magnificent exhibition on the city that was laid to rest by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

The show consists of more than 220 of the best preserved works from the National Archeological Museum in Naples. The show is designed to provide a look at the public, private and intimate realms of Roman citizens when Vesuvius preserved the city and those citizens who remained under a blanket of ash. It is a portrait of ancient life frozen in time.

The show features frescoes, mosaics and statues in bronze, terra cotta and marble, luxurious accessories, silverware, everyday utensils, religious paraphernalia and an exquisite selection of erotica from the Secret Cabinet of the National Archeological Museum in Naples. The exhibition is accompanied by historically accurate music.

Summer 2016

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