Gallery Talk: Plants of Pompeii With Artist Victoria I

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House

Tuesday October 3, 12 noon and 7:00 pm
Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House

Victoria I entered the world of ancient Rome by collaborating with Bettina Bergmann, professor at Mount Holyoke College, on reconstructing Roman domestic architecture.  One of her models — of the House of the Golden Bracelet — is on display in our exhibition, Plants of Pompeii, Ancient and Modern Medicinal Plants.

She met Wilhelmina Jashemski and began working with her on reconstructions of Pompeian gardens and eventually took on the project of completing the botanical illustrations for A Pompeian Herbal, which are shown in the exhibition.

In this gallery talk, Victoria I discusses her experiences working with Wilhelmina Jashemski as well as the process of creating the illustrations, working with botanist Frederick Meyer at the U. S. National Arboretum and botanist Massimo Riccardi in Naples.


_Ficus carica_, fig