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Herculaneum and Pompeii: Visions of a discovery



Opening: February 24th 2018, 4.30 pm


The 280th anniversary of the discovery of Herculaneum and the 270th anniversary of that 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 the excavations and research into them.


From the late 18th century to the early 20th, from J.J. Winckelmann to Karl Weber, Giovanni Battista and Francesco Piranesi, François Mazois, William Gell, Luigi Rossini and Pietro Bianchi, there were numerous draftsmen, engravers and lovers of antiquity, until the Alinari brothers. This is an account of the enthusiasm for excavations and refined archaeological finds, with the desire to convey the discoveries through letters, watercolours, notebooks, engravings, lithographs, drawings, reliefs, copperplates, gouaches, early postcards and photographs.


Because of the significance of the materials on display, the exhibition, which has been organised in collaboration with the MANN-Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples, will then travel (June-September 2018) to the MANN


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