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The Resource The last days of Pompeii : decadence, apocalypse, resurrection, Victoria C. Gardner Coates, Kenneth Lapatin, Jon L. Seydl ; with contributions by Mary Beard, Adrian Stähli, William St. Clair and Annika Bautz

The last days of Pompeii : decadence, apocalypse, resurrection, Victoria C. Gardner Coates, Kenneth Lapatin, Jon L. Seydl ; with contributions by Mary Beard, Adrian Stähli, William St. Clair and Annika Bautz

Label
The last days of Pompeii : decadence, apocalypse, resurrection
Title
The last days of Pompeii
Title remainder
decadence, apocalypse, resurrection
Statement of responsibility
Victoria C. Gardner Coates, Kenneth Lapatin, Jon L. Seydl ; with contributions by Mary Beard, Adrian Stähli, William St. Clair and Annika Bautz
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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, however, the authors of this book exlore 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 volume, featuring the works of artists such as Piranesi, Fragonard, Kaufmann, Ingres, Chasseriau, and Alma-Tadema, as well as Duchamp, Dali, Rothko, Rauschenberg, and Warhol, surveys the legacy of Pompeii in the modern imagination under the three overarching rubrics of decadence, apocalypse, and resurrection. The section on decadence investigates the perception of Pompeii as a site of impending and well-deserved doom due to the excesses of the ancient Romans, such as paganism, licentiousness, greed, gluttony, and violence. The catastrophic demise of the Vesuvian sites has become inexorably linked with the understanding of antiquity, turning Pompeii into a fundamental allegory for apocalypse, to which all subsequent disasters (natural or man-made) are related, from the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 to Hiroshima, Nagasaki, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina. The section on resurrection examines how Pompeii and the Vesuvian cities have been reincarnated in modern guise through both scientific archaeology and fantasy, as each successive cultural reality superimposed its values and ideas on the distant past
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DLC
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • catalogs
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1969-
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  • Gardner Coates, Victoria C
  • Lapatin, Kenneth D. S
  • Seydl, Jon L.
  • J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
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  • Disasters in art
  • Art and history
  • Art, Modern
  • Pompeii (Extinct city)
  • Vesuvius (Italy)
Label
The last days of Pompeii : decadence, apocalypse, resurrection, Victoria C. Gardner Coates, Kenneth Lapatin, Jon L. Seydl ; with contributions by Mary Beard, Adrian Stähli, William St. Clair and Annika Bautz
Instantiates
Publication
Note
This publication is issued on the occasion of the exhibition The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu, from September 12, 2012, to January 7, 2013; at the Cleveland Museum of Art from February 24 to May 19, 2013; and at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec from June 13 to November 8, 2013
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-254) and index
Contents
Decadence, apocalypse, resurrection / Jon L. Seydl -- Pompeii on display / Kenneth Lapatin -- On the cutting edge: Pompeii and new technology / Victoria C. Gardner Coates -- The making of the myths: Edward Bulwer-Lytton's The Last Days of Pompeii / William St. Clair and Annika Bautz -- Dirty little secrets: changing displays of Pompeian "Erotica" / Mary Beard -- Pompeii on the couch: the modern fantasy of "Gradiva" / Victoria C. Gardner Coates -- Screening Pompeii: the last days of Pompeii in cinema / Adrian Stähli -- Decadence -- Apocalypse -- Resurrection -- Pompeii exhibitions
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
264 pages
Isbn
9781606061152
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2012012303
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)781594083
  • (OCoLC)ocn781594083
  • 702684
Label
The last days of Pompeii : decadence, apocalypse, resurrection, Victoria C. Gardner Coates, Kenneth Lapatin, Jon L. Seydl ; with contributions by Mary Beard, Adrian Stähli, William St. Clair and Annika Bautz
Publication
Note
This publication is issued on the occasion of the exhibition The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu, from September 12, 2012, to January 7, 2013; at the Cleveland Museum of Art from February 24 to May 19, 2013; and at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec from June 13 to November 8, 2013
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-254) and index
Contents
Decadence, apocalypse, resurrection / Jon L. Seydl -- Pompeii on display / Kenneth Lapatin -- On the cutting edge: Pompeii and new technology / Victoria C. Gardner Coates -- The making of the myths: Edward Bulwer-Lytton's The Last Days of Pompeii / William St. Clair and Annika Bautz -- Dirty little secrets: changing displays of Pompeian "Erotica" / Mary Beard -- Pompeii on the couch: the modern fantasy of "Gradiva" / Victoria C. Gardner Coates -- Screening Pompeii: the last days of Pompeii in cinema / Adrian Stähli -- Decadence -- Apocalypse -- Resurrection -- Pompeii exhibitions
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
264 pages
Isbn
9781606061152
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2012012303
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)781594083
  • (OCoLC)ocn781594083
  • 702684

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