Curator Talk – The Colours of Pompeii

Paul Roberts
Event date
Event time
14:00 - 15:00
Ashmolean Museum (in-person and online)
Beaumont Street
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Disabled access?
Booking required

At the Museum and Online

Part of our World In Colour Season

The onsite event will take place in the Headley Lecture Theatre and the online event is via Zoom

With Dr Paul Roberts, Research Keeper

The Roman world was a mass of colour – most clearly preserved in Pompeii.

In wealthy houses, mosaics, frescoes and marble panelling formed a multi-coloured backdrop to painted sculpture, terracotta objects and furniture – as well, of course, did textiles and soft furnishings.

Public temples and other monuments featured vibrant decorations, while the streets blazed with painted signs and adverts for shops, bars, and politicians.

Come and explore Roman colour through its most famous site and discover more about the role of colour in Pompeian society.