Gems and Ruins in Bourbon Naples

Marina Belozerskaya

in Medusa’s Gaze

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199739318
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979356 | DOI:

Series: Emblems of Antiquity

Gems and Ruins in Bourbon Naples

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After the last Farnese duke died, the family art collection passed to Charles Bourbon, king of Naples, who turned his backward city into a mecca for Grand Tourists. They came to see the royal treasures that included the Tazza as well as newly excavated artifacts from Herculaneum and Pompeii. In Naples the Tazza became accessible to lovers of the past as never before—through its display in the royal museum as well as a number of publications that illustrated it in engravings.

Keywords: excavations; Herculaneum; Pompeii; Naples; forgeries; Grand Tour; Charles Bourbon; Goethe; antiquities; gem casts; Catherine the Great

Chapter.  10683 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE)

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