New book: "Baroque Antiquity"

Baroque Antiquity- Archaeological Imagination in Early Modern Europe

Cambridge University Press

New book: "Baroque Antiquity"

AHO professor Victor Plahte Tschudi has recently published his book "Baroque Antiquity - Archaeological Imagination in Early Modern Europe".

"Why were seventeenth-century antiquarians so spectacularly wrong? Even if they knew what ancient monuments looked like, they deliberately distorted the representation of them in print. Deciphering the printed reconstructions of Giacomo Lauro and Athanasius Kircher, this pioneering study uncovers an antiquity born with print culture itself and from the need to accommodate competitive publishers, ambitious patrons and powerful popes. By analysing the elements of fantasy in Lauro and Kircher's archaeological visions, new levels of meaning appear. Instead of being testimonies of failed archaeology, they emerge as complex architectural messages responding to moral, political, and religious issues of the day. This book combines several histories - print, archaeology, and architecture - in the attempt to identify early modern strategies of recovering lost Rome. Many books have been written on antiquity in the Renaissance, but this book defines an antiquity that is particularly Baroque."

The book is released by Cambridge University Press and will be available from September 30th. 2016 in the US and from early November in Europe.

English // Hardcover // 326 pages // Illustrated

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN-10: 110714986X
ISBN-13: 978-1107149861

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