Online Lecture | David Adshead on Pompeii and Neoclassicism

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on July 12, 2021

From the Attingham Summer Lecture Series:

David Adshead, Pompeii and All That: Reimagining Ancient Worlds
Online, Wednesday, 14 July 2021, 6.00pm (BST)

Wilhelm Zahn, Die schönsten Ornamente und merkwürdigsten Gemälde aus Pompeji, Herculanum und Stabiae (Berlin, 1828).

David Adshead, Co-Director of the Attingham Summer School and Director of the London House Course, will look at the cultural impact of the discovery of Herculaneum and Pompeii. News of the excavation of these ancient Neopolitan cities sent an electric shock of excitement across Europe and beyond and served as a stimulus to the nascent Neoclassical movement. Grand Tourists, artists, and architects flocked to see the statuary, wall paintings, and other artefacts that emerged unscathed from their volcanic overburden. Illustrated publications followed. These cities also caught the attention of philhellenes at a time before travel to Greece and, modern day, Turkey was common, for they had been Greek colonies before they were Roman. The discovery at Pompeii of a temple dedicated to the goddess Isis, decades before Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt, also triggered a fascination in all things Egyptian. Aspects of collecting, design, and decoration were all directly or indirectly influenced as a result.

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