The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection (Hardback)
  • The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection (Hardback)

The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection (Hardback)

Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 06/09/2012
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It is a fascinating survey of the modern obsession with the destruction of Pompeii as seen through the eyes or artists. Destroyed yet paradoxically preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in a.d. 79, Pompeii and other nearby sites are usually considered places where we can most directly experience the daily lives of ancient Romans. Rather than present these sites as windows to the past "The Last Days of Pompeii" explores Pompeii as a modern obsession, in which the Vesuvian sites function as mirrors of the present. Through cultural appropriation and projection, outstanding visual and literary artists of the last three centuries have made the ancient catastrophe their own, expressing contemporary concerns in diverse media - from paintings, prints, and sculpture, to theatrical performances, photography, and film. This lavishly illustrated volume - featuring the works of artists such as Fragonard, Kaufmann, Duchamp, Dali, and Warhol - surveys the legacy of Pompeii in the modern imagination.

Publisher: Getty Trust Publications
ISBN: 9781606061152
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 1696 g
Dimensions: 286 x 248 x 25 mm

"This brilliantly illustrated text presents images from the modern memory of Pompeii that focus on its decadence, its unexpectedness, and the sense that maybe cosmic justice had been served."--Book News
"The [book's] great strength . . . is the generous attention paid to modern art and its response to the Pompeii motif."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"Sumptuously illustrated in combination with topical essays, this volume shows how artists and scholars responded to the town's reemergence from the dead."--Choice
"[This volume] explores the obsession that visual artists over the past three centuries have had with the ruined city."--Easy Reader

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