Rediscovering the Ancient World on the Bay of Naples, 1710-1890. Studies in the History of Art, Volume 79

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Carol C. Mattusch is Mathy Professor of Art History in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University.

Carol C. Mattusch is Mathy Professor of Art History in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University.

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Rediscovering the Ancient World on the Bay of Naples, 1710-1890. Studies in the History of Art, Volume 79

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Edited by Carol C. Mattusch

This is a publication by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), the Gallery's research institute.

 

The ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 C.E., drew international attention when excavations commenced in the 1730s. As a ...

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This is a publication by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), the Gallery's research institute.

 

The ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 C.E., drew international attention when excavations commenced in the 1730s. As a result, the nearby city of Naples became a nexus of scholarship, cultural diplomacy, and tourism. This fascinating book examines responses to the excavations by 18th- and 19th-century monarchs, statesmen, scholars, and archaeologists, as well as by artists, architects, designers, writers, and tourists.

Essays by leading art historians and archaeologists chronicle the exploitation of the sites through excavation, publication, and museum display, and discuss the wider influence of the recovered objects and architectural remains on art and design in Italy, France, Germany, and Britain. Unlike other publications that focus on the archaeological artifacts and their documentation, this extensively illustrated book presents the discoveries from the standpoint of how they were understood at the time.

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  • Hardcover
  • 292 Pages, 11.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Published: 2013