Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy

Date: Daily through May 11, 2015,
Location: Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa

Admission is free. An advanced timed-entry ticket is required.

Thirteen elaborately decorated Apulian vases provide a rich opportunity to examine the funerary customs of peoples native to southern Italy and the ways they used Greek myth to comprehend death and the afterlife. Displayed following a six-year conservation project at the Antikensammlung Berlin and the Getty Villa, these monumental vessels also reveal the hand of Raffaele Gargiulo, one of the leading restorers of nineteenth-century Naples. His work exemplifies what one concerned antiquarian described as dangerous perfection, and the vases on view offer a window into the ongoing debate concerning the degree to which ancient artworks should be repaired and repainted.

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