A catalogue of the sculpture collection at Wilton House /

The Wilton House sculptures constituted one of the largest and most celebrated collections of ancient art in Europe. Originally comprising some 340 works, the collection was formed around the late 1710s and 1720s by Thomas Herbert, the eccentric 8th Earl of Pembroke, who stubbornly 're-baptized...

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Author / Creator:Stewart, Peter, 1971- author.
Imprint:Oxford : Archaeopress Publishing Ltd, 2020.
Description:x, 421 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Language:English
Subject:Pembroke, Thomas Herbert, -- Earl of, -- 1656-1733.
Pembroke, Thomas Herbert, -- Earl of, -- 1656-1733
Wilton House (England) -- Art collections -- Catalogs.
Wilton House (England)
Sculpture -- Private collections -- England -- Wiltshire -- Catalogs.
Art museums
Sculpture -- Private collections
England -- Wiltshire
Catalogs
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/12525738
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Other authors / contributors:Petruccioli, Guido, photographer.
ISBN:1789696550
9781789696554
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:The Wilton House sculptures constituted one of the largest and most celebrated collections of ancient art in Europe. Originally comprising some 340 works, the collection was formed around the late 1710s and 1720s by Thomas Herbert, the eccentric 8th Earl of Pembroke, who stubbornly 're-baptized' his busts and statues with names of his own choosing. His sources included the famous collection of Cardinal Mazarin, assembled in Paris in the 1640s and 1650s, and recent discoveries on the Via Appia outside Rome. Earl Thomas regarded the sculptures as ancient - some of them among the oldest works of art in existence - but in fact much of the collection is modern and represents the neglected talents of sixteenth-and seventeenth-century artists, restorers and copyists who were inspired by Greek and Roman sculpture.0About half of the original collection remains intact today, adorning the Gothic Cloisters that were built for it two centuries ago. After a long decline, accelerated by the impact of the Second World War, the sculptures have been rehabilitated in recent years. They include masterpieces of Roman and early modern art, which cast fresh light on Graeco-Roman antiquity, the classical tradition, and the history of collecting.0Illustrated with specially commissioned photographs, this catalogue offers the first comprehensive publication of the 8th Earl's collection, including an inventory of works dispersed from Wilton. It re-presents his personal vision of the collection recorded in contemporary manuscripts. At the same time, it dismantles some of the myths about it which originated with the earl himself, and provides an authoritative archaeological and art-historical analysis of the artefacts.

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