Pompeii: Ancient Style and Revivals

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Pompeii: Ancient Style

Fall 2019

Taught By: Margaret Samu

Section: A

CRN: 7874

Credits: 3

When Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 C.E., it buried the prosperous towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Boscoreale—and along with them, a luxurious way of life from the early Roman Empire. Sixteen centuries later, the rediscovery of these towns and their archaeological excavation led to a widespread fascination with the so-called Pompeiian style that shaped ideas in art and design across Europe and America. This course will explore the Pompeiian style and its revivals in art and design. In the first weeks of the class, students will learn about Roman architecture, murals and mosaics, furniture and objects, dress and jewelry from the years leading up to 79 C.E. The remainder of the term will explore the rediscovery of Pompeii in the 18th century starting with the impact of archaeological prints and albums on contemporary art and design. We will study interiors, reconstructions of furniture, objects, fashion, and jewelry based on ideas from Pompeii. Moving into the 19th century, we will consider new meanings associated with Pompeii in Romantic era paintings, operas, and poems, as well as Victorian images of decadent Pompeiians Students will study objects from the Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Boscoreale in New York collections, as well as material from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Course readings will be drawn from primary sources, classic texts, and current scholarship.

Open to: All university graduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: Parsons Dec Arts Cooper Hewitt (PD)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:31am 12/7/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:00pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/29/2019 - 12/12/2019