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The Last Days of Pompeii

Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection
by Victoria C. Gardner Coates, Kenneth Lapatin and Jon L. Seydl
J Paul Getty Museum Pubns

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Pub Date: 2012
Format: Hardback with bw & color illus.
Pages: 264 pp.
Size: 10.00 x 12.00 inches

ISBN: 9781606061152
TB Code: 1909122
Availability: 928 in stock

Destroyed yet paradoxically preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, Pompeii and other nearby sites are usually considered places where we can most directly experience the daily lives of ancient Romans. Rather than present these sites as windows to the past, however, the authors of The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection explore Pompeii as a modern obsession, in which the Vesuvian sites function as mirrors of the present. Through cultural appropriation and projection, outstanding visual and literary artists of the last three centuries have made the ancient catastrophe their own, expressing contemporary concerns in diverse media—from paintings, prints, and sculpture, to theatrical performances, photography, and film. This lavishly illustrated volume—featuring the works of artists such as Piranesi, Fragonard, Kaufmann, Ingres, Chassériau, and Alma-Tadema, as well as Duchamp, Dalí, Rothko, Rauschenberg, and Warhol—surveys the legacy of Pompeii in the modern imagination under the three overarching rubrics of decadence, apocalypse, and resurrection.