The Art of Pompeii

The Art of Pompeii

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by Antonella Magagnini
     
 

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The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. freeze-framed a glorious legacy of Roman art and culture in the miraculously well-preserved remains of Pompeii. This magnificent collection by one of the world's leading antiquities photographers showcases the pictorial treasures of this most classic site. Breathtaking images bring readers inside the villas of the ancient

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The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. freeze-framed a glorious legacy of Roman art and culture in the miraculously well-preserved remains of Pompeii. This magnificent collection by one of the world's leading antiquities photographers showcases the pictorial treasures of this most classic site. Breathtaking images bring readers inside the villas of the ancient Romans, reconstructing their daily life, unveiling their secrets, and revealing their religious customs and beliefs.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
The burial of Pompeii under a protective cover of volcanic ash affords a unique vista into the Roman home from the fourth century B.C.E. to 79 C.E., the year Vesuvius erupted. As De Luca's beautiful photos document, the homes of aristocrats and the emerging elite were modeled after the homes of Roman aristocrats , including wall paintings that imitated the architecture of great Hellenistic buildings and aroused a feeling of sumptuous luxury. Pompeii homeowners also transferred the beauty and calmness of gardens onto the walls of their homes, like the large frescoes in the House of the Golden Bracelet. Frescoes also help reconstruct daily life in Pompeii and the emergence of a middle class of artisans, merchants, and entrepreneurs after an earthquake in 62 C.E.: a female artist is portrayed with palette and brush; merchants sell fabric, pots, and pans; a baker turned politician donates bread in a public ceremony. De Luca's striking color photographs summon the tastes and priorities of well-off homeowners from the distant Roman Empire, but are undermined by the stilted text by Magagnini, curator at Rome's Capitoline Museums, the book's unwieldy trim size, and the use throughout of shiny black paper that retains the marks of readers' fingerprints. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780594514060
Publisher:
White Star Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
322,869
Product dimensions:
14.10(w) x 17.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Antonella Magagnini, curator in Rome's Capitoline Museums, is a former professor at the University of Rome.
Araldo De Luca is an eminent photographer with an archive of 60,000 images considered among the most highly prized in the world. His work has appeared in White Star's Egyptian Treasures from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and other books.

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Art of Pompeii 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AslanLamontPainting More than 1 year ago
Pictures and writing are rich in color.