Houses and Monuments of Pompeii: The Works of Fausto and Felice Niccolini

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Roberto Cassanelli
Getty Publications, 2002 - Architecture - 223 pages
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The discovery of and excavations at Pompeii in the second half of the eighteenth century not only provided historians with a trove of information about ancient Roman civilization but also fired artists' imaginations and inaugurated the vogue for the "Pompeian style" that so influenced the West in the nineteenth century.

This book reproduces, along with commentary, Le case i monumenti di Pompeii (1854) of Fausto and Felice Niccolini, the first work to present completely and systematically all the public and private buildings so far excavated in Pompeii. It features the wondrous watercolors the Niccolinis created to document Pompeii and is thus a beautiful and essential tool in understanding the excavated remains themselves and how the modern archaeologists perceived and recorded the ancient world.

These magnificently reproduced drawings of the excavations are accompanied by texts that explain the documents by the Niccolinis, as well as the evolution of the Pompeian style in Europe, the pictorial representation of Pompeii in the nineteenth century from engravings to photographs, and the evolving styles of archaeological documentation.
 

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Published only gradually throughout the second half of the 19th century, the Niccolinis' lavishly illustrated magnum opus played a significant role in disseminating images of ancient Pompeii. The ... Read full review

Contents

The Editorial Adventures of the Niccolini Brothers Pier Luigi Ciapparelli
10
The Evolution of Pompeian Tastes in Europe Enrico Colle
26
Pompeii in NineteenthCentury Painting Roberto Cassanelli
40
From Engraving to Photography Roberto Cassanelli
48
Fiorelli and Documentation Methods in Archaeology Massimiliano David
52
A General Map of Pompeii
58
PLATES
61
The Topography of Pompeii
64
Private Buildings and Decorations
102
Necropolises
168
Household Objects
176
Pompeii As It
194
A Chronology of the Excavations in Pompeii Massimiliano David
218
Bibliography Massimiliano David
220
Artist Index
222
About the Authors
223

Public Areas
72

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