Assistant Professor Art History
Office #243 Haynes
Since 2007, Regina Gee has been working on the Oplontis Project (www.oplontisproject.org) an interdisciplinary research collaboration aimed at producing the definitive publication of Villa A “of Poppaea” , an ancient Roman Villa on the Bay of Naples buried by the same eruption of Vesuvius in 79 that destroyed the neighboring town of Pompeii. The project brings together the Soprintendenza Archaeologica di Pompeii, King’s Visualization Lab (King’s College, London) and a host of international scholars. Within the final product, a navigable 3-D model and e-book published by the American Council of Learned Societies in their Humanities E-Book series, Dr. Gee is responsible for the complete documentation of the villa’s magnificent frescoes in the catalog and accompanying thematic essays. She has presented papers of the frescoes of Oplontis at national and international academic conferences, most recently at the Getty Villa (North American Branch of the L’Association Internationale pour l’Etude de la Mosaique Antique, on-line abstract: http://www.aiema-namerica.org/ABSTRACT%20TABLE.htm )
Dr. Gee is also one of three curators of the exhibit,” Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis” which will arrive at the Museum of the Rockies in June of 2016. A collaboration between the Oplontis Project and the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei, most of the works in the exhibit, which includes marble statues, frescoes fragments, coins and jewelry, have never previously traveled to the United States; indeed, the finds from the Oplontis villa are normally kept in storage, where they are largely inaccessible to general visitors and scholars alike. The exhibition thus presents a unique opportunity to share the rediscovery of this extraordinary villa and its accoutrements with the public while simultaneously making this material readily accessible to the international community of art historians and archaeologists. In other work, Dr. Gee contributed an essay on the Circus of Nero for a volume of the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, titled Visibility and Invisibility in the Religions of Rome published in 2012.