An exhibition 40,000 years in the making.
7 February - 2 June 2013
Discover masterpieces from the last Ice Age drawn from across Europe in this groundbreaking show.
Created between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago by artists with modern minds like our own, this is a unique opportunity to see the world's oldest known sculptures, drawings and portraits.
These exceptional pieces will be presented alongside modern works by Henry Moore, Mondrian and Matisse, illustrating the fundamental human desire to communicate and make art as a way of understanding ourselves and our place in the world.
Image: Female figure sculpted from steatite. Found at Grimaldi, Italy, about 20,000 years old. Musée d’archéologie nationale. © Photo RMN/Jean-Gilles Berizzi.
28 March - 29 September 2013
AD 79. In just 24 hours, two cities in the Bay of Naples, southern Italy, were buried by a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Preserved under ash, their rediscovery nearly 1,700 years later provided an unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire.
Starting with the bustling street, and moving through the intimate spaces of a home, you will be transported into the lives of ordinary Romans nearly 2,000 years ago, before devastation struck. From the atrium to the garden, bedroom and dining room, this personal journey will reveal parallels with our own lives today.
With over 20 years since the last major exhibition on Pompeii in the UK, recent discoveries alongside celebrated objects, including body casts, will reveal new insights into this highly captivating and human story.
An unmissable exhibition.
Image: Portrait of baker Terentius Neo and his wife. Pompeii, AD 55– 79. © DeAgostini/SuperStock.