By Johann Joachim Winckelmann
These finely engraved illustrations of figures from historical faith and mythology supply a compelling examine, quite within the gentle of the main points imparted via the German scholar’s remark. as well as reproductions of the entire photos from the unique quantity, this variation comprises newly translated textual content and captions and an advent that relates interesting info about the author's existence. this can be the 1st English-language model of Winckelmann's vintage, providing not just a landscape of fascinating attractions from classical civilizations but additionally an incredible contribution to the literature of paintings history.
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27; LEFT TO correct, a fraction of Neptune’s entourage, Apollo, Cybele, Mercury, Vulcan, Mars,Venus, Bacchus, Hercules, and(? ); the seated lady is Earth. 29: Sarcophagus fragment within the Villa Albani: the determine at the pedestal could be the warfare goddess Bellona or a Fury [Erinys] (thus, a soldier’s tomb? ); the nude guy could be a priest of Bellona; the outdated lady can be sacrificing a chicken to the goddess; the lion’s head is a kind of that seemed at both finish of many sarcophagi. 30: Triangular base of a marble candelabrum [lamp stand] within the Palazzo Barberini, Rome: Venus with a lily (as patroness of gardens, or of the grape harvest? ). 31: (Not defined by way of Winckelmann in any respect. ) [Venus, Cupid (Greek: Eros), and handmaidens. ] 32: Gem from the Stosch assortment: Cupid with keys (to Venus’s bed room? ). [He additionally has Hercules’s membership and lion epidermis. ] 33: Allegorical gem within the selection of Lord wish, England: unrequited love symbolized through an amorino with a torch embracing a tragic putto [another amorino includes a lantern]; the crag on the correct may perhaps signify a suicide jump for unsatisfied enthusiasts. [Lord desire could be James, 3rd earl of Hopetoun, Hopetoun residence, Edinburgh (1741-1816); at any cost, this can be absolutely a similar “Lord desire” that made purchases from the Rome-based excavator and broker Gavin Hamilton (1723-1798); no reference to the later collector Thomas wish, a banker! ] 34: Gem (no position given): Psyche [the soul] with a two-pronged fork (representing the peacefulness of farming? —a peace adverse by means of militant Cupid). 35: mammoth head within the Villa Medici, Rome: a triton or different marine deity (gills on eyebrows, nostril, cheeks, and chin). 36: Marble bas-relief within the Villa Albani “reminiscent of 2 work from Herculaneum”: Polyphemus, son of Neptune, making a song a love tune to the nymph Galatea, to the tune of a roughhewn lyre, lower than the dictation of Cupid; the fitting arm, with the plectrum, is restored. [Hellenistic (that is, among ca. three hundred and 30 B. C. ); nonetheless within the Villa Albani. the same (not exact! ) picture of Polyphemus serenading Galatea is located on a wall portray, now within the Metropolitan Museum of artwork, manhattan, from the imperial villa at Boscotrecase, north of Pompeii, dated to the final area of the 1st century B. C. ] 37: Marble reduction within the Villa Madama, Rome: The monster Scylla (almost lifesize), claiming sufferers, with an amorino driving a centaur (part of a monument for a naval victory? ). 38: A around “Etruscan-style” altar within the Museo Capitolino: Mercury with Apollo and Diana. [Neo-Attic? ] 39: Scarab within the Stosch assortment: Mercury with a tortoise on his shoulder (referring to his invention of the lyre from a tortoise shell? ); he holds a feminine figurine (Proserpina, whom he led out of the underworld after her abduction through Pluto [Hades]? )—or is he depicted as a recaller of souls of the lifeless? forty: Statue within the Villa Borghese: Apollo Sauroctonus (lizard-killer), after Praxiteles’s [bronze] unique [of ca. 350 B. C. ]; Apollo is threatening the lizard with a (now-lost) arrow in his correct hand [is he simply teasing it?