Opening Reception – Angels of Pompeii Exhibit

Date(s) - 09/29/2021
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


As part of Anna Maria College’s 75th Anniversary, the College presents Angels of Pompeii exhibit in the Art Center Lobby which will include photographs and poetry featuring Stephan Brigidi and Robert Bly from September 2021 through May 2022. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, September 29 from 5:00 to 7:00pm. Masks are required indoors for all people at Anna Maria College.

In 2021, this series of framed works was gifted to the Art Center Gallery Collection by author/photographer Stephan Brigidi. When Brigidi traveled to Pompeii for the first time, he was captivated by the luminous frescoes of angels on the decayed walls of the ancient city. Here, long after the destruction by Vesuvius in79 A.D., the angels remain, timeless and transcendent. Brigidi returned many times to photograph the angels and the crumbling walls around them. Working with his photographs of the angels, Brigidi began to feel that “poetry of the angels” could be best communicated when combined with the response of another artist who perceived the angel’s message.” That other artist was Robert Bly, whose powerful poems, both old and new, allowed the marriage of words and pictures to happen. This dialogue between photographer and poet is at the heart of Angels of Pompeii, a wondrous meditation on men and the angels who guide them.