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The Getty Villa is modeled on the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum. Buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, the ancient villa was rediscovered and explored by subterranean tunnels in the 1750s and ’60s and was partially re-excavated in the 1990s and early 2000s. It has yielded colorful marble and mosaic floors, frescoed walls, a large collection of bronze and marble statuary, and a unique library of more than a thousand papyrus scrolls. This exhibition presents many of the most spectacular finds and examines attempts to unroll and decipher the carbonized papyri.

Major support from Elizabeth and Bruce Dunlevie
Generous support from the Spogli Family Foundation
Additional support from the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Villa Council

Organized in collaboration with the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, the Parco Archeologico di Ercolano, and the Biblioteca Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele III” di Napoli.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific PalisadesCA 90272



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