"The Villa del Papiri at Herculaneum - Life and Afterlife of a Sculpture Collection" by . Mattusch

The Villa del Papiri at Herculaneum - Life and Afterlife of a Sculpture Collection . Mattusch

Series:
Getty Publications - (Yale)
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
31 Mar 2006
ISBN:
9780892367221
Imprint:
Getty Publications
Dimensions:
390 pages: 311 x 238 x 42mm
Illustrations:
239ill.261col.ill.

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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?