Item Number: 149674
Title: WINCKELMANN and Curiosity in the 18th-century Gentleman's Library
Author: Harloe, Katherine ; Cristina Neagu ; Amy C. Smith
Record created on 11/01/18
Description: Oxford: Christ Church Library, 2018. 22cm., pbk., 134pp., 49 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: Like many antiquarians of his day, the German art historian and archaeologist Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717–1768) first learned about the ancient world through immersion in literature. As a teacher then librarian in his native Germany, Winckelmann encountered the classics primarily through literary texts, as well as the souveni—coins, gems and figurines—that Grand Tourists and other travellers had brought north from their visits to Italy. Once he arrived in Rome, where he rose to prominence at Prefect of Antiquities in the Vatican, Winckelmann studied the remains of Greek, Graeco-Roman and Roman art on a larger scale. Through personal contacts, letters and other writings, Winckelmann influenced his and subsequent generations of scholars, aesthetes, collectors, craftsmen and artists.. Winckelmann and Curiosity in the 18th-Century Gentleman's Library explores the scholar's varied influence on the arts in Britain, through printed media, architecture and decorative arts.
Contents: Preface by Katherine Harloe. Part I. Setting the scene: Chapter 1. Greek vases in Naples' ottocento laboratory of curiosity by Amy C. Smith; Chapter 2. Christ Church gentlemen and their collections-Time for a New Library by Cristina Neagu; Chapter 3. "The beautiful spirit of antiquity": Pompeii and Herculaneum as inspiration for Neoclassical interior schemes in 18th-century Europe by Nicola Pickering; Chapter 4. Winckelmann, Morrison and the aspirant gentleman by Fiona Gatty. Part II. The catalogue: Exhibition handlist; An Aphrodite in Christ Church. Some comments on appearance and provenance by Sadie Pickup.
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