The Villa Dei Papiri at Herculaneum

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

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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?show more

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  • Hardback | 390 pages
  • 236 x 312 x 42mm | 2,698.91g
  • Getty Trust Publications
  • J Paul Getty Trust Publications,US
  • Santa Monica CA, United States
  • English
  • 239ill.261col.ill.
  • 0892367229
  • 9780892367221
  • 1,298,231

About Carol C. Mattusch

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

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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 "show more
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