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Exhibit Design & Museum-Related Projects: Getty Museum

Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife

October 31, 2018–March 18, 2019

Getty Villa


How did the ancient Greeks envision life after death? 

Organized around a monumental funerary vessel on loan from National Archaeological Museum in Naples and recently conserved at the Getty Villa, this exhibition explored depictions of the Underworld in the art of Greece and southern Italy. Organized in collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum of Naples – Laboratory of Conservation and Restoration.

All images are © J. Paul Getty Museum, 2019

Title wall

The monumental krater stood center stage with accompanying interpretive labels

On the adjacent wall was a mural indicating the various underworld characters illustrated on the krater

Close-up of the mural identifying the characters depicted on the krater

An intermediate gallery included ipads to explore tiny gold tablets inscribed with details about the journey to the afterlife

The second gallery focused on the sirens, with a more subdued secondary title/entrance

Overall view of the sirens gallery

Overall view of the final gallery space

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