The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum: Life and Afterlife of a Sculpture Collection
by Mattusch, Carol C.
Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2005. Hardcover. NF/VG- but art school ex-lib. with spine sticker, stamps on all 3 page edgings, publication page stamp, and marks on back end paper. Light fading at spine/top edge of dj.. Chocolate cloth/boards; copper lettering. Brown and pale green illus. dj with Mylar cover. xxiii + 390 pp. with color and bw images throughout, numbered by chapter. Folding color plan of the villa tucked into envelope inside back cover (never opened). A bit heavy at 7 pounds and will require extra postage. The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneumburied 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, thereby helping to shape early modern tastes in classical sculpture. This book describes the nature of the ancient sculptures and their impact on the modern public. Their chance discovery affected the interpretation of the statuestheir styles and subjectsover the course of the next 250 years. The ancient sculptures were copied extensively in reproductions of various sizes and patinas. The author traces the popularity of these copies in Europe and America. Also presented in the book is a technical study of the production techniques and materials of the sculptures, as well as of their modern restoration history. Scientific analyses and detailed photographs reveal both how the pieces were cast and pieced together in antiquity and how they were restored in the eighteenth century. Even though this collection has been known for two and a half centuries, this book covers for the first time the eclectic nature of the sculptures, their actual condition, and their quality, pointing in some cases to mass production.
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