New Book | The Villa Laurentina of Pliny the Younger

Posted in books by InternRW on July 22, 2016

From L’Erma di Bretschneider:

Jerzy Miziolek, The Villa Laurentina of Pliny the Younger in an 18th-Century Vision (Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2016), 250 pages, ISBN: 978-8891308443, €75 / $94.


The book deals with a paper reconstruction of Pliny the Younger’s (c. AD 61–112) villa near Ostia, some twenty kilometres from Rome. This unique work was created in Rome in the years 1777–78 by a young Pole, Count Stanisław K. Potocki (1755–1821) in cooperation with Giuseppe Manocchi and other outstanding artists of the time. The work, originally in the Potocki collection in Wilanów, is today housed in the iconographic collection of the National Library, Warsaw. It contains over thirty large-format, color drawings. In the late 18th century, probably during his last sojourn in Italy (1795–97), Count Potocki wrote a 24-page-long commentary to his work, entitled Notes et Idées sur la Villa de Pline. This hitherto unpublished manuscript commentary and reconstruction drawings of the villa are now published together with a virtual visualisation of the villa produced in 3D Studio Max 2014.

Jerzy Miziolek is professor of the visual arts and the classical tradition at the University of Warsaw (Institute of Archaeology). He is the author of seven books and more than 150 papers and reviews. He has delivered more than forty papers and lectures at foreign universities and international symposia concerning Early Christian, Renaissance, and neoclassical art.

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I. Stanislaw Kostka Potocki: Archaeology and Artistic Culture in the 2nd Half of the Eighteenth Century
1  The Fascination with Antiquity and Its Influence in the 2nd Half of the Eighteenth Century
2  Stanisław Kostka Potocki in the Memoirs of Eyewitness
3  Stanisław Kostka Potocki’s Studies at the Royal Academy in Turin
4  Stanisław Kostka Potocki’s Travels around Italy in 1774–82
5  In the Company of Princess Izabela Lubomirska: Stanisław Kostka Potocki’s Sojourn in Italy in 1785–86

II. The Laurentina: Pliny the Younger’s Seaside Villa and Its Reconstruction in the Pure Taste of the Century of Trajan
1  A Literary Portrait of the Laurentina: The Dwelling-Place of the Muses
2  The Owner of the Laurentina
3  The Search for the Remnants of the Laurentina in the Eighteenth Century and Later
4  Pliny ‘s Letter on the Laurentina in European Culture from the Renaissance to Neoclassicism
5  Artists Employed by Stanisław Kostka Potocki and Their Drawings
6  Reconstruction Drawings of the Laurentina and Remarks on the Notes et Idées sur la Villa de Pline
7  Reconstruction of Pliny ‘s Villa, Decoration of the Main Rooms, Patterns, and Inspirations
8  The Cryptoportico with Adjacent Pavilions and the Heliocaminus
9  Some notes on the Ideas Guiding the Plan for Pliny ‘s Villa by Potocki

III. The Third Dimension of Pliny the Younger ‘s villa: Virtual Reconstruction of the Laurentina
Instead of an Epilogue: The Laurentina of Potocki ‘s Vision and the Artistic Cultures of Neoclassical Warsaw

Pliny the Younger, Letter to Gallus (2, 17)
Stanisław Kostka Potocki, Notes and Ideas on Pliny ‘s Villa
Notes and Explanations in the Portfolios Containing the Drawings














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