By Johann Joachim Winckelmann
These finely engraved illustrations of figures from old faith and mythology provide a compelling learn, rather within the gentle of the main points imparted through the German scholar’s remark. as well as reproductions of the entire photographs from the unique quantity, this variation comprises newly translated textual content and captions and an creation that relates attention-grabbing information about the author's lifestyles. this is often the 1st English-language model of Winckelmann's vintage, offering not just a landscape of eye-catching attractions from classical civilizations but additionally an incredible contribution to the literature of artwork history.
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Remark at the ENGRAVINGS The unbracketed fabric is a condensation, in a pretty uniform trend, of the knowledge scattered via Winckelmann’s usually long and discursive textual content; the identifications and conjectures therein are his. the fabric inside sq. brackets has been newly supplied by means of the editor of this Dover quantity, using quite a few trustworthy smooth reference works. An test has been made, during this new fabric, to spot person vendors pointed out by means of Winckelmann, yet as a rule now not museums or different associations, palaces, or villas. The reader is predicted to have or receive not less than a rudimentary wisdom of historic mythology and heritage. 1: A paste (glass-paste imitation of a gemstone, for slenderer handbags) from the Stosch assortment [Florence, then Berlin; see part “Winckelmann’s lifestyles and Work”]: a clothed, winged Jupiter [Zeus]12 together with his cherished Semele (soon to be the mum of Bacchus) and the thunderbolts that would damage her once they copulate. 2: Gem from the Stosch assortment: a nude, winged Jupiter with Semele. three: Chalcedony scarab13 within the number of Christian Dehn, Rome: Neptune [Poseidon] with thunderbolts, trident, and chariot. [Dehn, ca. 1697–1770, used to be a former retainer of Stosch’s who dealt in prints of Stosch’s gemstones. ] four: A paste from the Stosch assortment: Mars [Ares] hurling a thunderbolt at a Titan (or substantial) in the course of the struggle among the gods and people earthborn creatures. five: Marble wellhead within the Museo Capitolino, Rome (being used as a base for a marble urn); Etruscan (? ): twelve significant gods—TOP, LEFT TO correct, Juno [Hera], Jupiter, Vulcan [Hephaestus], Neptune, Mercury [Hermes], Ceres [Demeter] or Vesta [Hestia]; backside, Venus [Aphrodite], Mars, Diana [Artemis], Apollo, Hercules [Herakles], Pallas [Athena; Minerva]; present in a winery outdoors the Porta del Popolo and given to Cardinal Albani via the Grand Duke of Tuscany, who owned the winery. [In all probability, this can be the Neo-Attic14 puteal (wellhead) within the Musei Capitolini depicting twelve archaizing Olympians in converging processions; particular mythological occasions were advised, yet this is often most likely only one of the never-ending lineups to be present in Neo-Attic reliefs (many extra during this volume); wells should be sacral areas, just like the enclosures of temple precincts. ] 6: Altar within the Villa Albani, Rome: numerous gods—Mercury, Bacchus [Dionysus],Venus, Neptune, Proserpina [Persephone], Jupiter, Vesta(? ), and Diana. [Probably Neo-Attic. ] 7: Bas-relief within the Villa Albani: Bacchus’s genius, or attendant spirit (or else his “favorite,” Ampelus, son of Silenus), proven as a satyr with the bacchanalian attributes panther and thyrsus (a reed crowned with an ivy-leaf cluster). [The tip of the thyrsus is mostly defined as a pinecone. ] eight: “Hitherto unpublished” item within the Museo Capitolino: the mother-goddess Cybele (or a Roman matron decked out as Cybele); olive wreath with 3 medallions (of Attis, Jupiter, and back Attis), an image of her loved mate Attis on her bosom, strands of pearls or beads, a snake-head necklace; in her correct hand, olive branches and cymbals; in her left, a box with a pinecone and almonds; instantly to her left, an endemic; farther correct, a tambourine, wind tools, and a field.
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