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With elegance and wit, this volume recreates the vibrant culture of connoisseurship in Enlightenment England by investigating the multifaceted activities and achievements of the Society of Dilettanti - a group founded in 1732 devoted to the study, and support of those studying, Greco-Roman antiquity."Dilettanti" is a superbly illustrated volume that examines its members, and their expeditions, collections, and publications - which laid the groundwork for the Neo-Classical revival. It also shows how they were able to successfully combine the didactic - detailed investigations into technique, condition, restoration and provenance - with the ability to bring illustrations of ancient sculpture to new artistic heights.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780892369249
ISBN-10: 0892369248
Format: Hardback
(260mm x 210mm x 23mm)
Pages: 234
Imprint: Getty Research Institute,U.S.
Publisher: Getty Trust Publications
Publish Date: 21-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Bruce Redford

Bruce Redford is University Professor and Professor of Art History and of English at Boston University.

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