|Giovannia Battista Piranesi, Side Table. Gilt oak, lime wood, marble, 1768.|
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
The new trend had early roots in the 18th century, with a renewed interest in ancient Rome. As early as 1738, a discovery was made at the site of Herculaneum. The historic town had been buried by volcanic debris, and was twenty meters underground. Excavation was not easy, but there was much to be discovered and great interest developed. Buildings, paintings and styles were uncovered that sparked an exciting interest in the art of the past.
|Giovanni Battista Piranesi, View of the Strada Consulare with the Herculaneum Gate in Pompeii; detail of right half. Drawing, pen and brown ink with wash, 1772-78. British Museum.|
So what types of things were our eighteenth century counter parts seeing and being inspired by from this exciting excavation?
|Scenographic wall decoration with phantastic architecture and drop curtain. Wall painting/ fresco, 1st century CE. Museo archeologico nazionale di Napoli.|
|College of Augustales, interior, general view. Primarily 1st century CE. Location: Herculaneum, Italy.|
|Nymph consulting the Oracle (or Conversation among Women). Wall painting/ fresco, 1st century CE. Museo archeologico nazionale di Napoli.|
|Herculaneum, Terme del Foro, Apodyterium of Women's Baths, Triton. Herculaneum. mosaic, 60-68 CE. SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.|
|Twig with peaches. Wall painting, fresco, 1st century CE. Museo archeologico nazionale di Napoli.|
House of the Skeleton, fountain. Location: Herculaneum, Italy. Photographer: Susan Silberberg-Pierce.
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