Classical Sculpture and the Culture of Collecting in Britain - download pdf or read online

By Viccy Coltman

ISBN-10: 019955126X

ISBN-13: 9780199551262

It is a booklet approximately classical sculptures within the early sleek interval, centuries after the decline and fall of Rome, after they started to be excavated, restored, and picked up through British viewers in Italy within the moment 1/2 the eighteenth century. Viccy Coltman contrasts the precarious and aggressive tradition of eighteenth-century gathering, which built-in sculpture into the household inside again domestic in Britain, with the research and ebook of person specimens by way of classical archaeologists like Adolf Michaelis a century later. Her learn is comprehensively illustrated with over a hundred pictures.

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In Ancient Marbles in Great Britain, Michaelis famously wrote of the architect Sir John Soane's house-museum at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields in London: Non multum sed multa appears to have been his motto in collecting; for there is something of everything. Along with a few choice specimens of high value, or at least of considerable interest, there is an immeasurable chaos of worthless fragments, of all times, from all countries, of all kinds of art, originals and copies mixed together. All this is crammed into the narrow limits of a private house, and is arranged in so ingenious a manner that no corner, however dark, is left unoccupied.

Waagen, Treasures of Art, II. 321. 73 Quoted in Angelicoussis, Woburn Abbey, 29. 74 'Lexikon im Feiertagsgewand', Philologische Wochenschrift, 26 Mai 1883, 1. The Athena3um, 21 April 1883, 512; 'sie ist ein wertvoller Beitrag zur Geschichte der Archaologie', Deutsche Litteraturzeitung, 23 Februar 1884, 283; The Academy, 1 October 1882, 266. 76 Michaelis, Ancient Marbles in Great Britain, 166. 78 These 'works of [the] second or third rank... [he writes] cannot be dispensed with for filling in and correcting our survey of the development of ancient sculpture...

To our national pride' and 'humiliating... 58 When assessing Michaelis' contribution to the historiography of sculpture collections in Britain, we have then to be aware of the dominance of German archaeological scholarship in the 19th century. '60 H. '61 57 The Athenczum, 21 April 1883, 511-12. 23 August 1877. BNUS, MS 5751, 64. 59 BNUS, MS 5751, 218. See Marchand, Down from Olympus. 60 'Zu der grossen Aufgabe, die sich vor allem die deutsche Archaologie in unserer Zeit gestellt hat, der Inventarisierung sammtlicher erhaltenen Antiken ist hier ein wichtiger Beitrag geliefert', Deutsche Litteraturzeitung, 23 Februar 1884, 282; 'Die englischen Privatsammlungen aber haben in Adolf Michaelis einen Beschreiber gefunden, der seit einem Vierteljahrhundert erfolgreich an der Entwickelung der Archaologie mitarbeitet, der in der gewissenhaften Schule Otto Jahns erzogen seine Berechtigung, in Fragen der Altertumswissenschaft gehort zu werden, nach alien Seiten hin dargethan hat', Philologische Wochenschrift, 26 Mai 1883, 2.

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