Produced, written, and directed by Carroll Moore; Executive producer, Susan M. Arensberg
Narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi—star of the landmark television series "I, Claudius"—this documentary explores art and culture around the Bay of Naples before Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. The bay was then the most fashionable destination for vacationing Romans. Julius Caesar, emperors, and senators were among those who owned sumptuous villas along its shores. Artists flocked to the region to create frescoes, sculpture, and luxurious objects in gold, silver, and glass for villa owners as well as residents of Pompeii and other towns in the shadow of Vesuvius. The film concludes with the story of the discovery of Pompeii and Herculaneum from the 18th century onward.
Produced by the Department of Exhibition Programs, National Gallery of Art, Washington, on the occassion of the exhibition Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples.
- 30 minutes
- Closed captioned
- English subtitles available
- DVD Bonus Materials: Highlights of works of art from the exhibition, 19th-century photographs by Giorgio Sommer, interviews with archaelogists, photo gallery from film shoot
- Released: 2008
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