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New Book | The Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum

Posted in books by Editor on February 19, 2013

Though the Ashmolean’s collection of plaster casts was assembled in the late nineteenth century, some pieces date to the eighteenth century. Anyone interested in the subject should also consult Donna Kurtz, The Reception of Classical Art in Britain: An Oxford Story of Plaster Casts from the Antique (British Archaeological Reports, 2000).

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From ACC Distribution:

R.R.R. Smith and Rune Frederiksen, The Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum: Catalogue of Plaster Casts of Greek and Roman Sculpture (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), 360 pages, ISBN: 9781854442666, $30.

imageThe Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum contains the premier collection of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture in the UK, formed over more than a century, from 1884 to the present. The collection has recently been re-displayed and integrated with the Museum, and this book is its first complete and illustrated catalogue. It presents 1,000 casts of monuments from all over the ancient world, from 600 BC to AD 500, from small bronzes to iconic monuments such as the Laokoon and the Augustus of Prima Porta.