Pompeian artifacts at the State Historical Museum
As it becomes more and more fashionable, different countries are being celebrated in Moscow year by year. France is the principal theme for year 2010; French arts and music has been, and is being, celebrated at major venues. Meanwhile Russian cultural institutions are gearing up to host Italian guests next year. Mysteries of the Buried Town is the name of the current exhibition being held at the State Historical Museum, and it is easy to guess that we are talking about Pompeii. The exhibition has been organised by the authorities of the Italian region Campania and is part of the Naples Culture Week, a preview of the 2011 Italian festivities in Russia. All exhibits come from the Naples National Archaeological Museum. For the Historical Museum, which houses the largest collection of archaeological artifacts in Russia, it is a great delight to display exhibits from its Italian counterpart. For visitors, this is a unique opportunity to see with their
own eyes things that were intrinsically Roman, and yet whose owners were destroyed in a second. The major part of the exhibition dates back to the discoveries of the 17th-18th centuries. About 115 frescoes, jewellery, pottery, sculptures and silverware were found, not only in Pompeii but in Herculaneum, Stabiae and Boscoreale, towns which were also buried under Vesuvius’ ashes.
State Historical Museum
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