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A. S. Mazzocchi was the most renowned antiquary in eighteenth-century Naples – immersed in many of the prestigious cultural initiatives of the newly installed Bourbon court and celebrated by fellow Neapolitans for his European-wide fame. This paper focuses on an aspect of his work generally...
In Naples by 1764, the year in which Sir William Hamilton arrived in the city and in which Winckelmann asserted that the so-called ‘Etruscan’ vases should be attributed to the ancient Greeks, the collecting of figured vases was already a well-established practice. This paper examines the...
The exciting discovery of ancient Herculaneum and Pompeii brought to light problems of conservation that had never before been faced on such a large scale, and, in the case of paintings, the need to invent methods of intervention in an area of restoration that was almost without precedent. The...
The academies make it possible to trace the transformations that took place in eighteenth-century Neapolitan society, and their history illuminates the role played by Freemasonry throughout the Enlightenment. They promoted dialogue between professional corporations and the establishment, as the...
This overview of Bourbon cultural policy in the eighteenth century, from the creation of the Kingdom of Naples to the end of the century, highlights the most significant episodes in the safeguarding of the artistic heritage, some undoubtedly innovative and others less so. Museums, excavations,...
In eighteenth-century Naples, as elsewhere in Italy and in France, enlightened reformers criticized antiquarian culture and claimed that new scientific and economic thought was of greater importance for the development of the state. Some modern historiography has taken at face value this...
Genuine products of Enlightenment encyclopaedic culture, the naturalist–antiquaries followed Bacon and Buffon in applying the scientific inductive method with its reliance on material evidence to the study of history. This gave rise both to original research and to the formation of collections...
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