The Villa Dei Papiri at Herculaneum

The Villa Dei Papiri at Herculaneum : Life and Afterlife of a Sculpture Collection

By (author) Carol C. Mattusch , By (author) Henry Lie


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The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum buried during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79, then rediscovered in 1750 contained a large collection of bronze and marble statuary and busts. Before they were published or exhibited, the sculptures were restored so as to appear whole: it is thus that they helped to shape early modern tastes in classical sculpture. Scholars have sought to assign names to the individual busts and statues and to discover a unified, planned sculptural program for the decoration of the Villa dei Papiri. Here, however, more objective questions are asked: Are the bronzes uniform enough in production technique and alloy or marble source to justify the notion of a single sculptural program? Did the owner of the Villa purchase the statues from one or from several sources?

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  • Hardback | 390 pages
  • 236 x 312 x 42mm | 2,698.91g
  • 07 Feb 2005
  • Getty Trust Publications
  • J Paul Getty Trust Publications,US
  • Santa Monica CA
  • English
  • New.
  • 239ill.261col.ill.
  • 0892367229
  • 9780892367221
  • 462,130

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Carol C. Mattusch is Mathy Professor of Art History at George Mason University in Virginia.

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"Mattusch has done a great service in writing this book. She has taken a look at a well-known group of sculptures and examined them with a practiced eye and with the help of a great deal of technical expertise. The result is an entirely new insight into their production and manufacture, and the correction of many earlier misapprehensions about them." "Ancient East and West""

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