Antiquity Recovered:

The Legacy of Pompeii and Herculaneum

4-5 October 2002

A Conference sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies
and the History of Art Department, the Center for Italian Studies, the Center for Ancient Studies, the School of Arts and Sciences, Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Graduate Group in Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, the Graduate Student Associations Council, the Department of English, and the Department of History of the University of Pennsylvania, with generous support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Curators and organizers:
Victoria C. Gardner Coates and Jon L. Seydl
History of Art Department
University of Pennsylvania
3405 Woodland Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6208.

Antiquity Recovered: The Legacy of Pompeii and Herculaneum coincides with the exhibition Antiquity Recovered: Pompeii and Herculaneum in Philadelphia Collections on view at the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania from 13 September to 20 November 2002.

The conference aims explore how the archaeological excavations in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other sites in the Bay of Naples influenced responses to the classical tradition from the eighteenth century through the modern era in both Europe and America.  The discoveries emerged as a touchstone for a rigorous, multifaceted revival of antiquity in which elements from antiquity were incorporated into wide-ranging aspects of civic and cultural life.  Political entities (including the newly-independent United States) espoused and reinterpreted the material as an appropriate vocabulary for national identity.  Herculaneum and Pompeii continued to play an important role in nineteenth- and twentieth-century society as the sites became the catapult for Sturm und Drang fantasies, a model for refined and opulent leisure, and one of the most significant archaeological and tourist sites in the Mediterranean.


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Victoria C. Gardner Coates holds a Ph.D in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her research interests include the transmission of literary and artistic models from antiquity to the Early Modern era.  She has been a graduate and guest Lecturer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and curated Sacred and Profane: Humanism in the Arts 1450-1550 at the Clark Art Institute in 1992.

Jon L. Seydl is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania.  His research encompasses Italian art of the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, and he is completing a dissertation on the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  He served on the Organizing Committee of the exhibition Art in Rome in the Eighteenth Century and has lectured at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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