The exhibition “Shooting Time. Pompeii and its Surroundings” by Claudio Sabatino allows us to reflect, in a museum such as the Archaeological Museum of Naples, on the tricky issue of the relationship between archaeological context, landscape and the finds that come from them. Preventing the gradual process of change, the result of human interaction, of the remaining landscape would be pure utopia. That it also generates a culture of respect, which goes from a deep knowledge of history and allows for conscious protection, is another. This catalogue allows us to examine how in many symbolic places symbol (Baths of Caracalla, Pompeii, Naples, The Phlegraean Fields), there is an often antithetical ‘before’ and ‘after’, which reveal, on one side, the yielding of a conservation effort in the face of building expansion policies and, on the other, from the fact that in Italy there has been greater attention on the exhibition sites rather than on the territory.
With contributions by Paolo Giulierini, Massimo Osanna, Alberto Ferlenga, Claudio Sabatino, Carlo Rescigno, Giovanna Calvenzi and an original latin text by di Plinio il Giovane.