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April 8, 2010
An exhibit in Boscoreale, near Pompeii, the ancient city destroyed in AD 79 by red-hot ashes from the explosion of Vesuvius, the volcano overlooking Naples. For the first time, the "calchi," or plaster molds, are on show collectively – the plaster casts, some recently made and some from museum collections, of the skeletal remains of victims whose death by molten lava and ash was so sudden that many details of clothes, hair or tools were buried and preserved by the volcanic residue.
April 19, 2012 | By David Ng
A museum in Italy has resorted to burning artwork to protest cuts that its leader sees as unfair and destructive. The Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples plans to burn three paintings a week to protest what is perceived as the government's war against art. As reported by BBC News, Antonio Manfredi, director of the Casoria, set fire to the first painting on Tuesday and has garnered the support of European artists who are sympathetic to...
December 20, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
Join photographer Joanne Heaviland for the “Ultimate Italian Experience.” This 11-day, 10-night excursion starts in Rome and continues on to the picturesque Amalfi Coast and the Mediterranean-chic towns of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. Included are a photo workshop, an Italian cooking class, a tour of a mozzarella di bufala organic cheese farm, wine tasting and a tour of the island of Capri. Participants also learn photography techniques, including lighting, composition, landscape and portrait photography.
December 21, 2010
Authorities recovered a collection of art pieces that included works by Picasso, Colombian artist Fernando Botero and Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida and which was stolen from a Madrid warehouse last month, Spanish police said Monday. Specialized Crimes unit chief Dionisio Martin said the art was found in a stolen truck in an industrial area on Madrid's southern outskirts. The pieces, recovered Saturday, had a total value of about $6.5 million, Martin said. He said 35 pieces were stolen and that one remained missing.
March 12, 1986 | NANCY MILLS
Carmen Culver has a little-girl voice, a Porsche and a soundproof office where she occasionally screams about sexism in Hollywood. These days she's screaming less. After writing the scripts for one of the most memorable miniseries ever aired, "The Thorn Birds," and one of the least memorable, "The Last Days of Pompeii," she has turned herself into a producer.
April 11, 2006 | David Pagel, Special to The Times
Suburban sprawl did not begin in Los Angeles. Showmanship did not originate in Las Vegas. And kitschy decor has been around a lot longer than the tacky McMansions that seem to be popping up on the best lots everywhere. All three flourished on the Bay of Naples for a couple of centuries before Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, burying Pompeii and ruining the market for beachfront property for miles around.
December 26, 1987 | WILLIAM S. MURPHY
When archeologists sifted through the ruins of Herculaneum, an ancient Roman city that had been buried along with Pompeii during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79, they were startled to discover the preserved body of a child still clutching her doll. Dolls have been in existence as far back as 40,000 BC, since Cro-Magnon man. They have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs, and the early Greeks and Romans fashioned them from such materials as wood, wax, terra cotta and ivory.
December 4, 1987 | Jim Murray
There comes a time in every movie star's life when the studio starts sending out scripts for him to play character parts. Once-gorgeous leading ladies are asked to play homicidal old hags. Once-handsome leading men are wanted to play aging priests or philosophical drunks. There is no record of any of them doing it gracefully. The world of sport has its equivalent, the brash young rookie taking over for the fading superstar. It's the nature of things.
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