Journal Article

Museums, safeguarding and artistic heritage in Naples in the eighteenth century: some reflections

Arturo Fittipaldi

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 19, issue 2, pages 191-202
Published in print November 2007 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online September 2007 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhm030
Museums, safeguarding and artistic heritage in Naples in the eighteenth century: some reflections

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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, academies and legislation: these all form parts of a single mosaic, seen in the context of contemporary culture. Despite its numerous contradictions, this period emerges as one of the most pioneering in the history of museology and of attitudes to the ancient world.

Journal Article.  8068 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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