Robert Rauschenberg, Small Rebus, 1956. Oil, graphite, paint swatches, paper, newspaper, magazine clippings, black-white photographs, United States map fragment, fabric, and three-cent stamps on canvas.

Small Rebus is on view today through January 7, 2013 in The Last Days of Pompeii at the Getty Villa, Malibu. 

From the press release: "Destroyed yet preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, Pompeii and its neighboring cities provide a vivid glimpse into the daily lives of ancient Romans. Exhibitions about the archaeology of Pompeii have been numerous and popular but never before has an exhibition explored the influence of this ancient disaster on the modern imagination. Since the rediscovery of the site in the early 1700s, four centuries of leading artists—from Piranesi, Fragonard, Ingres, and Alma-Tadema to Duchamp, Dalí, Rothko, Warhol, and Gormley —have been inspired to re-imagine it in diverse media, including paintings, prints, sculpture, photographs, and film.“

Getty Villa Examines Life and Legacy of Roman Emperor Tiberius

LOS ANGELES—Buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79, an over-life-size bronze portrait of Tiberius (ruled A.D. 14–37) was discovered in 1741, during the first years of excavation at Herculaneum. On loan from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples, this statue is the subject of the exhibition Tiberius: Portrait of an Emperor, on view at the Getty Villa October 16, 2013 through March 3, 2014. Brought to the Getty Villa for conservation and analysis last October, the sculpture provides an opportunity to re-examine the career and character of Rome’s second emperor. The exhibition has been co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples.

“Following the study and conservation project of the Apollo Saettantetwo years ago, we are delighted to once again be collaborating with our colleagues in Naples,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Read more.

The Detour: Malibu’s Getty Villa
we took the afternoon off and headed to the Pacific Palisades with fashion writer Sarah Hay to check out the Getty’s permanent collection (housed in a structure modeled after a first-century Roman country home) and take in its panoramic view.

Sarah, photographed at the Getty Villa, wears the Point Sur slim stacker Japanese selvedge jean in klutey wash with a vintage Yves Saint Laurent blazer and Nike Free sneakers.

Photography by Bryan Derballa. Hair and makeup by Gabi Pascua for the Wall Group.

Special thanks to the Getty Villa.

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