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Title: Collecting Classical Sculpture in Britain since 1750
Author: Coltman, Viccy
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2009
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199551262
Volumes: 1; Pages: 360
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This is a book about classical sculptures in the early modern period, centuries after the decline and fall of Rome, when they began to be excavated, restored, and collected by British visitors in Italy in the second half of the eighteenth century. Viccy Coltman contrasts the precarious and competitive culture of eighteenth-century collecting, which integrated sculpture into the domestic interior back home in Britain, with the study and publication of individual specimens by classical archaeologists like Adolf Michaelis a century later. Her study is comprehensively illustrated with over 100 photographs.