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Collecting and Collectors
From Antiquity to Modernity

Edited by Alexandra Carpino, Tiziana D'Angelo, Maya Muratov and David Saunders

Collecting and Collectors
Paperback, 267 pages £20.00
Published: 2018
ISBN: 9781931909365
Format: 229mm x 152mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Art & Art History, Museum Studies
Series: AIA Selected Papers on Ancient Art and Architecture

This volume is a timely exploration of many facets of collecting and collectors. It brings together sixteen papers originally presented in two colloquia and a workshop at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Toronto. Part 1, Collecting and Presenting the Etruscans in North America, focuses on a select number of collecting narratives that demonstrate how the art and material culture of a then little-known Italic culture made its way to the United States during the mid- to late 19th and early 20th centuries. Part 2, Satis sit una aliqua gemma: Collecting Classical Gem from Antiquity through the 19th Century, explores the significance that collecting antique gems acquired across time and space, as well the reasons why these objects remained highly valued and sought-after collectibles from antiquity to the modern era. Part 3, Researching Ownership Histories for Antiquities in Museum Collections, draws attention to discoveries that have been made through provenance research, and also to the challenges that shape the investigation of provenance.

Series Editor's Preface

Part One: Collecting and Presenting the Etruscans in North America

Alexandra A. Carpino, Introduction

Helen Nagy, The Formation of the Etruscan Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: The Strategies of Edward Robinson and Rodolfo Lanciani

Richard De Puma, The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Etruscans: Collecting from the 1870s to the Present

Lisa C. Pieraccini, Collecting Etruscans for California: The Story of Philanthropist Phoebe A. Hearst and Archaeologist Alfred Emerson

Claire Lyons, Italian Antiquities to American Museums: Notes on Collecting at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Laetitia La Follette, The Impact of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on Unprovenanced Etruscan Artifacts in the United States

Part Two: Satis sit una aliqua gemma: Collecting Classical Gems from Antiquity through the 19th Century

Tiziana D'Angelo and Maya Muratov, Introduction

Roberta Casagrande-Kim, Dactyliothecae Romanae: Collecting Gems in Ancient Rome

Liliana Leopardi, Collecting Magical Gems in the Early Modern Period: From Infancy to Adulthood

Claudia Wagner, Collecting at Alnwick Castle: Engraved Gems in the Collection of the Duke of Northumberland

Tiziana D'Angelo and Maya Muratov, "Fraudulent Ingenuity": Charles W. King and 19th-Century Collections of Antique Gems

Part Three: Researching Ownership Histories for Antiquities in Museum Collections

David Saunders, Introduction

Caroline M. Rochleau, The Stratigraphy of Provenance

Judith Barr, The Pitfalls and Possibilities of Provenance Research: Historic Collections and the Art Market in the 20th Century

Seth Pevnick, The Tampa Poseidon = The Shugborough Neptune

Ann Blair Brownlee, Collecting Greek and Etruscan Vases in 19th Century Philadelphia

Sarah Costello and John Hopkins, A Collaborative Path for Research into Ancient and Heritage Objects

Paul Denis, Verifying a Provenance

Phoebe Segal, "Said to be from": Best Practices for Using Unscientific Findspot Information

Alexandra Carpino is Professor of Art History at Northern Arizona University, USA. She is a past editor-in-chief of Etruscan Studies: Journal of the Etruscan Foundation and current chair of the AIA's Etruscan Interest Group.

Tiziana D'Angelo lectures in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and fellow of St Edmund's College. She has published widely, mainly on ancient wall painting, funerary art and material culture, and the history of collecting.

Maya Muratov is Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History, Adelphi University. She is co-author (with Rachel Mairs) of Archaeologists, Tourists, Interpreters: Exploring Egypt and the Near East in the Late 19th-Early 20th Centuries (Bloomsbury, 2015).

David Saunders is Associate Curator of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Since joining the museum in 2008, he has curated seven exhibitions. He is co-editor of The Restoration of Ancient Bronzes: Naples and Beyond (Getty, 2013) and Dangerous Perfection: Ancient Funerary Vases from Southern Italy (Getty, 2016)

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 267 pages
 229mm x 152mm

BIC Code:
  ART006000, ART015060, HIS002000, SOC003000
 Archaeological Institute of America


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