Pompeii and the Roman Villa
Art and Culture Around the Bay of Naples
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Pompeii and the Roman Villa by Carol C. Mattusch
Book DescriptionFrom the second century BC onwards, prominent Romans retreated to their villas around the Bay of Naples, a popular holiday spot for relaxation and relief from the pressures of business. The magnificent contents of these sumptuously appointed villas and townhouses are the subject of this book, and with them the breadth and richness of cultural and artistic life in the region. An international team of experts is brought together here to examine this rich corpus of ancient Roman sculpture, paintings, mosaics and luxury arts. Two related themes are interwoven through their essays: the influence of classical Greece upon Roman art and culture and the much later resurgence of this taste for the antique in the modern world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780500514368
(240mm x 293mm x 43mm)
Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Carol C. Mattusch
Enduring Bronze, Paperback (July 2014)
Ancient bronze statuary provides a sense of immediacy, a window directly back to the classical world. The wistful expression of a young Roman woman, the fixed jaw of a politician, and the tensed muscles of a Greek athlete appear startlingly lifelike, transfixing the viewer with their realism. This book provides an overview of classical bronzes.
Rediscovering the Ancient World on the Bay of Naples, 1710-1890, Hardback (April 2013)» View all books by Carol C. Mattusch
The ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 C E., drew international attention when excavations commenced in the 1730s. This book examines responses to the excavations by 18th- and 19th-century monarchs, statesmen, scholars, and archaeologists, as well as by artists, architects, and writers.
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