Le ca­se e i mo­nu­men­ti di Pom­pei

The Hou­ses and Mo­nu­men­ts of Pom­peii

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Va­len­tin Koc­kel Se­ba­stian SchŸ­tze (eds) Ta­schen, 2016 pp. 648, € 150 En­gli­sh, Ger­man, Fren­ch Gli sca­vi di Pom­pei in una rie­di­zio­ne pre­zio­sa dell’ope­ra dei fra­tel­li Fau­sto e Fe­li­ce Nic­co­li­ni, pub­bli­ca­ta a Na­po­li, a più ri­pre­se, tra il 1854 e il 1896. Ta­schen pre­sen­ta un me­ti­co­lo­so fac­si­mi­le tri­lin­gue de Le ca­se e i mo­nu­men­ti di Pom­pei, am­pia e si­ste­ma­ti­ca pub­bli­ca­zio­ne di al­to pro­fi­lo scien­ti­fi­co, la pri­ma in as­so­lu­to sull’in­te­ro cor­pus di ri­tro­va­men­ti nell’an­ti­ca cit­tà se­pol­ta dall’eru­zio­ne del Ve­su­vio nel 79 d.C. Più di 400 ta­vo­le, rea­liz­za­te at­tra­ver­so la tec­ni­ca del­la cro­mo­li­to­gra­fia a co­lo­ri (al­lo­ra di re­cen­tis­si­ma in­ven­zio­ne) da im­por­tan­ti di­se­gna­to­ri dell’epo­ca. Ne esce un’il­lu­stra­zio­ne di tut­ti gli aspet­ti del­la vi­ta quo­ti­dia­na di Pom­pei: gli scor­ci, i det­ta­gli ar­chi­tet­to­ni­ci de­gli edi­fi­ci, gli af­fre­schi, le sta­tue ma an­che cen­ti­na­ia di og­get­ti di uso do­me­sti­co, por­ta­ti al­la lu­ce do­po 1600 an­ni sot­to un man­to di ce­ne­re vul­ca­ni­ca. Non man­ca­no rap­pre­sen­ta­zio­ni del­la quo­ti­dia­ni­tà di Pom­pei con i suoi la­bo­ra­to­ri, le ta­ver­ne, i ne­go­zi, le piaz­ze, i tem­pli e i tea­tri, men­tre due sag­gi in­tro­dut­ti­vi pre­sen­ta­no i pro­ta­go­ni­sti de­gli sca­vi, esplo­ran­do an­che l’in­fluen­za eser­ci­ta­ta dall’ar­te pom­peia­na e da­gli im­pres­sio­nan­ti cal­chi del­le vit­ti­me dell’eru­zio­ne sul­le ar­ti vi­si­ve: da In­gres a Pi­cas­so e de Chi­ri­co, fi­no a Dua­ne Han­son e Geor­ge Se­gal. (IG) The ex­ca­va­tions of Pom­peii in a pre­cious reis­sue of the work by bro­thers Fau­sto and Fe­li­ce Nic­co­li­ni, pu­bli­shed in Na­ples bet­ween 1854 and 1896. Ta­schen pre­sen­ts a tri­lin­gual fac­si­mi­le of Le ca­se e i mo­nu­men­ti di Pom­pei, an ex­ten­si­ve and sy­ste­ma­tic pu­bli­ca­tion wi­th a hi­ghly scien­ti­fic ap­proa­ch, the fir­st ever to pre­sent the en­ti­re cor­pus of finds from the an­cient ci­ty that was bu­ried by the erup­tion of Ve­su­vius in 79 AD. It con­tains mo­re than 400 pla­tes, ma­de using the chro­mo­li­tho­gra­phy tech­ni­que (whi­ch at the ti­me had re­cen­tly been in­ven­ted), by im­por­tant il­lu­stra­tors of the era. What emer­ges is a pic­tu­re of all the aspec­ts of dai­ly li­fe in Pom­peii: the views, the ar­chi­tec­tu­ral de­tails of buil­dings, the fre­scoes, the sta­tues but al­so the hun­dreds of ob­jec­ts whi­ch we­re un­co­ve­red af­ter being pre­ser­ved for mo­re than 1,600 years un­der a man­tle of vol­ca­nic ash. The­re is no shor­ta­ge of ani­ma­ted de­pic­tions of mo­men­ts of dai­ly exi­sten­ce in Pom­peii wi­th its ta­verns, shops, tem­ples and thea­tres. The two in­tro­duc­to­ry es­says pre­sent the hi­sto­ri­cal pro­ta­go­nists of the ex­ca­va­tions, and ex­plo­re the in­fluen­ce that Pom­peian art had on vi­sual art, from the work of In­gres to Pi­cas­so and de Chi­ri­co, all the way to Han­son and Se­gal

Fau­sto & Fe­li­ce Nic­co­li­ni. Hou­ses and mo­nu­men­ts of Pom­pei

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