Ercolano e Pompei. Visioni di una scoperta / Herculaneum and Pompeii. Visions of a Discovery
edited by Pietro Giovanni Guzzo, Maria Rosaria Esposito and Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini
Éditions d'Art Albert Skira, Geneva, 2018, 2018
24 x 24 cm cm, pp. 390
CHF 38.- / Euro 38
The 280th anniversary of the discovery of Herculaneum and the 270th anniversary of the discovery of Pompeii are celebrated with a completely original approach by exploring the media and the methods with which the discoveries of the two sites were communicated – initially sporadically and occasionally, then increasingly consistently – through the visionary expressions of those who immediately intuited the implications of the discoveries and sought to promote the progress of excavations and research into them. From the end of the eighteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century, from J.J. Winckelmann to Karl Weber, from François Mazois to William Gell, from Giovanni Battista to Francesco Piranesi, from Luigi Rossini to Pietro Bianchi, there were a great number of designers, engravers and lovers of antiquity, up to the Alinari brothers. Here we can see the enthusiasm for the excavations and the precious archaeological finds and the will to transmit the knowledge of the discoveries through letters, preparatory drawings, commentaries, etchings and the precious copper matrices from which the prints were taken, as well as lithographs and early daguerreotypes, all accompanied by some relevant archaeological relics.