Dying in Beauty

The world of Pompeii and Herculaneum

Drents Museum
November 20, 2022 – March 26, 2023

On 20 November 2022, the exhibition Dying in beauty: The world of Pompeii and Herculaneum will open at the Drents Museum in Assen, with highlights from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Napels and the Parco Archeologico Ercolano in Herculaneum. This major archaeological exhibition focuses on life before the devastating volcanic eruption, and the art and beauty with which the inhabitants surrounded themselves. On display are more than 100 archaeological art treasures, including colourful frescoes, marble statues, a bronze fountain and golden jewellery. The exhibition will run until 26 March 2023. 


Everyone has an idea of what is hidden under the ashes of Vesuvius. Pompeii and Herculaneum are perhaps the most famous archaeological sites in the world. The neat streets show a world that sometimes looks suspiciously like ours. Yet there is more behind the two cities.

What is it like to live between the stately colonnades? To be surrounded by frescoes and mosaic floors? What role did art actually play for the Romans? And why are the ancient Greeks so important to Roman art?

In this book, various specialists discuss the beauty of Roman times as found in Pompeii and Herculaneum.

(only available in Dutch)

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