Buried by Vesuvius: The Drunken Satyr

Go behind the scenes with Getty conservators, curators, and scientists as they work to preserve the Drunken Satyr, a rare ancient Roman bronze on temporary loan to the Getty Villa from the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, Italy.

The Satyr was buried—and paradoxically preserved—by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Learn what makes this statue particularly fascinating, what conservators are doing to stabilize it for the future, and how the Getty partners with colleagues in Italy to study and conserve outstanding examples of ancient art in the Naples collection.

The newly conserved sculpture will be a centerpiece of the exhibition "Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri" at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles from June 26 to October 27, 2019.

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