Edited by Victoria C. Gardner Coates and Jon L. Seydl
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 responses 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.
Victoria C. Gardner Coates is a lecturer in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Jon L. Seydl is former associate curator in the Department of Paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum.304 pages
8 x 10 inches
50 color and 70 b/w illustrations
Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum