Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Last Supper in Pompeii

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Polychrome mosaic panel with a marine scene, Roman, from Pompeii, 100‒1 BC. Tesserae, height: 40 1/2 in. (103 cm). Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, MANN 120177. Photograph by Carole Raddato (2014) / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

We are excited to bring you the next in our Friends @ Home series: Last Supper in Pompeii. We welcome back art docent Marsha Holm to this online event.

Ancient Romans knew how to eat – that is, if you like flamingo or dormice. We will look at the city of Pompeii and the people who lived there as they unknowingly enjoyed their last hours before Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79AD, covering Pompeii with ash.

Examining a uniquely preserved way of life that for some was marked by lush gardens and magnificent interiors, we will find brilliantly painted wall frescoes and intricately detailed floor mosaics. We may even attend a dinner party where the conversation sparkles, the wine flows, and the food tempts you to eat more than you should. But we will also look behind the scenes – the small, smoky kitchens where exotic delicacies were prepared, as well as life on the streets, stopping in at the bakery or a taverna as we examine the last supper in Pompeii.

Presenter Marsha Holm has been a docent with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 1979.