Friday, August 26, 2011

Specimens of Antient Sculpture, Aegyptian, Etruscan, Greek, and Roman



 Hercules, Mercury rear view, Mercury front view.
 Jupiter, three views
 
Apollo Didymaeus rear view and front view, Hercules
Discabolus, Venus, Apollo
Specimens of Antient Sculpture, Aegyptian, Etruscan, Greek, and Roman was published by the Society of Dilettanti in 1809. The Society sought to bridge the gap between ancients and moderns. a description of the Society is in Dilettanti: the antic and the antique in eighteenth-century England By Bruce Redford, J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute. A copy of the original book sold for £580 in 2010. Thirteen are listed in Libraries around the world.

The prints are for sale on Ebay.

The Society of Dilettanti: Archaeology and Identity in the British Enlightenment (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Series)

Dilettanti: The Antic and the Antique in Eighteenth-Century England

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