Journal Article

The Campana Museum of ancient marbles in nineteenth-century photographs

Michele Benucci and Susanna Sarti

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 24, issue 1, pages 15-24
Published in print March 2012 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online March 2011 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhq045
The Campana Museum of ancient marbles in nineteenth-century photographs

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This article presents a group of photographs and other images, most of them little known, which together provide an idea of the appearance of the museum of ancient sculpture that belonged to the Marchese Giovanni Pietro Campana (1808-80), who formed one of the most important private collections of the nineteenth century in Rome. Some of the sculptures were displayed in a gallery in the Campana villa in San Giovanni in Laterano, while others were in the Campana palazzo in Via del Babuino. The new photographs allow us to reconstruct another building devoted to the ancient marbles, in which the Marchese made the sculpture accessible to the public. Moreover, it appears that Campana was in the forefront of the use of photography to reproduce works of art.

Journal Article.  5342 words.  Illustrated.

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

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