The Legacy of Vesuvius

Bourbon Discoveries on the Bay of Naples

Michael L. Thomas

    ISBN: 9781785515736

    Size: 280 x 240 mm

    Binding: Hardback

    Pages: 192

    In association with:

    Date published: December, 2024

    UK £45.00 /US $

Highlights

The book features a unique combination of classical archaeological finds and the art they influenced in the Spanish Bourbon Court in Naples, Italy, during the eighteenth century.

It accompanies a major exhibition at the Meadows Museum in Dallas, Texas, 15 September 2024–5 January 2025.

It also includes sculptures and frescoes from the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum, material culture from the Temple of Isis at Pompeii, and works from eighteenth-century artists including Angelica Kauffman, Anton Rafael Mengs and Antonio Joli.

Description

Featuring a unique combination of classical archaeological finds and the art they influenced in the modern age, this sumptuously illustrated book offers a fascinating glimpse into the art of the Spanish Bourbon Court in Naples, Italy during the eighteenth century. Ancient sculptures and frescoes from Pompeii and Herculaneum and other archaeological finds discovered at the foot of Mount Vesuvius helped shape the artistic expression in Europe including landscape paintings, sculpture, ceramics, furniture and portraits of the most influential men and women tied to the court and its activities. These include images of the Bourbon royal family, but also detailed landscapes and cityscapes giving a glimpse into Naples at the time. Ancient sculptures and frescoes from the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum, the villas at Stabiae and Cicero and the Temple of Isis at Pompeii are examined in an accessible text alongside the art by well-known eighteenth-century artists they influenced.

Author information

Michael L. Thomas is an Associate Provost, Director of the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, and a Professor of Arts and Humanities and the University of Texas, Dallas.

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