Last Supper in Pompeii

Last Supper in Pompeii

Pompeii is a vibrant presence in our cultural imagination. Many of us will have learned about it at primary school: how the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE froze a moment of historical time, preserving forever the objects of daily life under the Roman Empire. Life and death are deeply intertwined here: it [...]

Maiolica at the Ashmolean

Maiolica at the Ashmolean

Oxford is shivering in the mid-November chill when I visit the maiolica room. Everything outside is tinted bluey-grey by the dingy afternoon light, and the trees are stripped of their autumn colours, their branches naked against the cold sky. But inside, in the maiolica room, the air is filled with Italian sunshine. It is a [...]