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02 April 2020THE HISTORY AND ART OF NAPLES AND ITS SURROUNDINGS 2.30pm - 4.30pm

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THE HISTORY AND ART OF NAPLES AND ITS SURROUNDINGS 2.30pm - 4.30pm Dr Paul Roberts Thursday 02 April 2020

Venue: Putney Library

This study afternoon ties in with the Away Tour to Naples but all members are welcome to attend. The centre of Naples has Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque piazzas, palaces, Museums and Galleries, including the Archaeological and the Capodimonte; narrow streets of traditional shops, restaurants, bars; and beautiful churches including Santa Chiara with its maiolica cloister, the Gesu Nuovo with its jewelled façade and the Chapel of Sansevero with breath-taking sculptures. The surrounding area includes Herculaneum, smaller than Pompeii but more intimate and atmospheric; the villa of Nero’s second wife Poppaea at Oplontis with beautifully decorated rooms and an Olympic swimming pool; and the winery estate of Boscoreale with buried jars for fermenting wine.

Dr Paul Roberts is the Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford University, and was Senior Roman Curator in the Greek and Roman Department at the British Museum. He studied at the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and Oxford, researched in Italy and excavated widely in the Mediterranean. His research focuses on Roman daily life and art.

Prior booking is required and a charge is made.

Photo: Part of the cloister of the Church of Santa Chiara, Naples, covered with maiolica tiles.