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

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

Hardback Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum

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

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  • 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: 1,396,369

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