Skull-a-Day Ad for Pompeii?

One of the nice things about these four-day weekends is that I have time to check out things that are of interest to me. In this case, an item in the LA Times blog notes (inter alia):

Chalk it up to an over-eager marketing team at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

On Wednesday, Roman-style advertisements for the museum’s upcoming exhibition “Pompeii and the Roman Villa” were spotted on sidewalks throughout the city. The sightings were first reported by our friends over at the Curbed LA blog.

Turns out the ads were chalk drawings, some of which depicted the profile of a Roman youth along with the words “Pompeii” and “LACMA.” The museum had stenciled 20 such drawings at four locations throughout L.A.

… and here’s a photo of the ad:

From the LA Times blog

From the LA Times blog

… which I found interesting because I’m a skull guy (at school I’m surrounded by thirty or forty skulls of various types; heck, I’m wearing a t-shirt with a skull on it right now). Perhaps not surprisingly, one of the non-Classics blogs I follow is called Skull-a-day and this stencilled ad from LA struck me as somewhat familiar. Perhaps it’s just a coincidence, but it seems to me the folks are making use of/inspired by a stencil provided from Skull-a-day quite a while ago … here’s a representative image of the stencil on a tshirt:

from Skull-a-day

from Skull-a-day

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