Central Oregon–Art historian Erin W. Anderson of Bend presents a series of three lectures based in the Bay of Naples before and after the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The series begins with an introduction to Pompeii and its significance to the Roman Empire before the eruption. Anderson uses the artistic programs of the Roman home to explain environment and modern theories of how Romans accessed their domain. She discusses in depth “Villa A” of Oplontis not only as an example of Roman lifestyle, but also as a model for modern reconstruction of ancient sites.
The mission of the Oplontis Project, according to Anderson, is to “conduct a systematic, multidisciplinary study of Villa A (‘of Poppaea’) and Villa B (‘of Lucius Crassius Tertius’) at Oplontis (Torre Annunziata, Italy). Under the direction of John R. Clarke and Michael L. Thomas
of the University of Texas at Austin and in collaboration with the Soprintendenza Speciale per I Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei, an international team of scholars is working to publish definitive studies of all aspects of these sites.”
Anderson worked as an art historian at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, the Pace galleries in New York, and Montana State University as an adjunct instructor. She worked and studied at the villas of Oplontis from 2010–2014 with the Oplontis Project, conducting a systematic, multidisciplinary study. Specifically, Anderson detailed the orphaned fragments at “Villa A” and developed a system for further study of orphaned fragments at “Villa B.” Under the direction of John R. Clarke and Michael L. Thomas of UT Austin and in collaboration with the Italian Archaeological Department, a team of scholars is currently working to publish a definitive study at these sites. Anderson has an upcoming article in the third volume of the Oplontis Project publication.
In lecture one, we learn about the history of Pompeii in its ancient period and then in its modern re-emergence.
Mark your calendars now for Erin Anderson’s additional lectures in February:
Life, Art, and Reconstruction in the Bay of Naples: The Roman Home and the Roman Villa Monday, February 6, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Life, Art, and Reconstruction in the Bay of Naples: Finding Frescoes
Monday, February 13, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
For further information on the Oplontis Project of which Erin is a part, please visit: http://www.oplontisproject.org/