Mattusch Curates Popular Pompeii Exhibition at the National Gallery of Art

The popular exhibition Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples has hosted over 150,000 visitors to date. It features luxurious works of art excavated from opulent houses of the urban elite in Pompeii and from nearby imperial villas on the Bay of Naples, all illustrating the region’s importance as an artistic center. This is the first exhibition devoted to ancient Roman art at the National Gallery of Art. And with only 3 more months in Washington, don't miss the chance to see this landmark show before it travels to its last venue, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (May 3 through Oct. 4, 2009). It will close here on March 22, 2009.

The Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10 to 5, and Sunday, 11 to 6. Please note that the East Building and Sculpture Garden are closed on January 20, Inauguration Day, due to security and parade arrangements.

Hear more about Roman art and life around the Bay of Naples from visiting exhibition curator Dr. Carol Mattusch, Mathy Professor of Art History, George Mason University. Download this fascinating series of audio podcasts by visiting this page and scrolling down to October 2008 Backstory.