Antiquity Recovered: The Legacy of Pompeii and Herculaneum

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Beginning in 1709, when their antiquities first were recovered, Pompeii and Herculaneum have exercised the historical imagination of the West. This volume presents a diverse array of response to the sites, tracing how perceptions of the past have changed over the course of three centuries of excavations, what the editors call "the strata of interpretation." The thirteen essays range in subject from a reassessment of the contents of the library at Herculaneum's Villa of the Papyri to the symbolic appearance of the ancient world in such films as Roberto Rossellini's Voyage in Italy and Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt.
Antiquity Recovered explores the complexities of "the reception of the past" and helps enhance our understanding of the roles these cities have played, and continue to play, in Western culture.
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Victoria C. Gardner Coates is a lecturer in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jon L. Seydl is associate curator of paintings at the Getty Museum.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vi
Introduction   Victoria C. Gardner Coates   Jon L. Seydl     1
Natural Marvels and Ancient Ruins: Volcanism and the Recovery of Antiquity in Early Modern Naples   Sean Cocco     15
Subverting the Secret of Herculaneum: Archaeological Espionage in the Kingdom of Naples   Alden R. Gordon     37
From Art to Archaeology: Recontextualizing the Images from the Porticus of Herculaneum   Tina Najbjerg     59
Four Women from Stabiae: Eighteenth-Century Antiquarian Practice and the History of Ancient Roman Painting   Herica Valladares     73
Hearing Voices: The Herculaneum Papyri and Classical Scholarship   James I. Porter     95
Picnic at Pompeii: Hyperbole and Digression in the Warm South   Chloe Chard     115
The Visible and the Visual: Pompeii and Herculaneum in the Getty Research Institute Collections   Claire L. Lyons   Marcia Reed     133
The Sentinel of Pompeii: An Exemplum for the Nineteenth Century   Lee Behlman     157
Science or Morbid Curiosity? The Casts of Giuseppe Fiorelli and the Last Days of Romantic Pompeii   Eugene Dwyer     171
"A Picture Painted in Fire": Pain's Reenactments of The Last Days of Pompeii, 1879-1914   Nick Yablon     189
Replicating Roman Murals in Pompeii: Archaeology, Art, and Politics in Italy of the 1920s   Elaine K. Gazda     207
Seeing Women in the Villa of the Mysteries: A Modern Excavation of the Dionysiac Murals   Bettina Bergmann     231
Odysseys of Life and Death in the Bay of Naples: Roberto Rossellini's Voyage in Italy and Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt   Jennie Hirsh     271
Index     290
Contributors     296
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