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The Painters of Pompeii

Curated by Mario Grimaldi and produced by MondoMostre, the exhibition is the fruit of the cultural and scientific partnership between Bologna City Council | Civic Archaeological Museum and the National Archaeological Museum in Naples.

The masterpieces from what is considered the world’s largest gallery of ancient art – the Naples Archaeological Museum. Some of the stunning frescoes that embellished the ancient Roman houses of Pompeii and other cities around Vesuvius. More than 100 works that explore 1st century A.D. society, starting from the pictores, the painters whose role is still shrouded in mystery.



The exhibition titled “The Painters of Pompeii” is being held at the Civic Archaeological Museum in Bologna from 23 September 2022 and offers us a new perspective from which to explore the tastes and values of a world that remains an endless source of fascination for us.

By showcasing the excellent artworks with which the artists of the time decorated domus such as the House of the Tragic Poet and the House of Punished Love in Pompeii, and villas like that of Publius Fannius Synistor in Boscoreale, and allowing us to discover the tools of the trade – from the set square and the compass to preparatory sketches and beakers full of two-thousand-year-old paint – the exhibition captures the uniqueness of that world and the particular features of those pictores, whose art led to a true revolution over the course of just a few centuries; so much so that Pliny the Elder considered their works to “belong to the universe”. The main mission of the exhibition project is to contextualise the role and the economic conditions of those artists in the society of the time.



Open every days except Tuesdays (open on public holidays that fall on Tuesdays)

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10am to 7pm

Saturday, Sunday and public holidays that fall on weekdays: 10am to 8pm

last admission one hour before closing time

Dates and times of special openings

08.12.2022 - 10am to 8pm

24.12.2022 – 10am to 2pm

26.12.2022 – 10am to 8pm

31.12.2022 – 10am to 2pm

01.01.2023 – 12pm to 8pm

06.01.2024 – 10am to 8pm

Dates and times of special closures

25.12.2022 – closed



Open ticket: 16 €

Full: 14 €

Concession: 12 €. Valid for visitors aged 18 to 25; families composed of 1 or 2 adults + children aged 6 to 17 (may be used in conjunction with the Youth Concession); registered disabled people; lecturers and groups of between 15 and 25 adults (tolerance up to 29), holders of "Cultura Card", holders of "Bologna Welcome Card".

Student/Youth Concession: 5 €. Valid for university students, every Wednesday from 2.30pm until the close of the exhibition, conditional upon presentation of matriculation card. Valid for young people aged 6 to 17. NB: no booking fee is applicable to these tickets.

Special concession: 10 € Valid for visitors with special concessions and Museo civico archeologico ticketholders.

School groups concession: 5 €

Free entry. Valid for persons accompanying those with disabilities; pupils with disabilities within school groups; registered journalists; no. 1 accompanying person per group; no. 2 accompanying adults per school class; children aged 0 to 5; qualified tour guides with applicable identity cards; journalists registered with the press offices of the city council and the exhibition; ICOM members; employees of the Museo Civico Archeologico di Bologna (on presentation of named ID card); members of the supervisory board and members of the fire brigade (on presentation of non-named ID card).

Info and bookings 02 91446110


Booking fees 2,00 € per person for adults and groups; 1,50 € per person for schools


Exhibition website:


See the Interview to the Curator Mario Grimaldi:


Read the review from The Burlington Magazine: