- Publisher: J Paul Getty Trust Publications,US
- Format: Hardback | 390 pages
- Dimensions: 236mm x 312mm x 42mm | 2,699g
- Publication date: 7 February 2005
- Publication City/Country: Santa Monica CA
- ISBN 10: 0892367229
- ISBN 13: 9780892367221
- Edition statement: New.
- Illustrations note: 239ill.261col.ill.
- Sales rank: 1,416,934
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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Carol C. Mattusch is Mathy Professor of Art History at George Mason University in Virginia.
"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""