Antiquities in motion : from excavation sites to Renaissance collections / Barbara Furlotti.

Furlotti, Barbara author.
Los Angeles : The Getty Research Institute, [2019]
ix, 281 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm
Antiques business -- Italy -- Rome -- History -- 16th century.
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Italy -- Rome -- History -- 16th century.
Antiques business.
Art -- Collectors and collecting.
Italy -- Rome.
"Barbara Furlotti presents a dynamic interpretation of the early modern market for antiquities, relying on the innovative notion of archaeological finds as mobile items. She reconstructs the journey of ancient objects from digging sites to venues where they were sold, such as Roman marketplaces and antiquarians’ storage spaces; to sculptors’ workshops, where they were restored; and to Italian and other European collections, where they arrived after complicated and costly travel over land and sea. She shifts the attention from collectors to peasants with shovels, dealers and middlemen, and restorers who unearthed, cleaned up, and repaired or remade objects, recuperating the roles these actors played in Rome’s socioeconomic structure. Furlotti also examines the changes in economic value, meaning, and appearance that antiquities underwent as they moved throughout their journeys and as they reached the locations in which they were displayed. Drawing on vast unpublished archival material, she offers answers to novel questions: How were antiquities excavated? How and where were they traded? How were laws about the ownership of ancient finds made, followed, and evaded?" -- Publisher's description
Chapter 1. Brought to light: digging in and around Rome
Chapter 2. Marketing antiquities: marketplaces, companies, and shops
Chapter 3. Acquiring meanings, gaining value: antiquarians and the market for antiquities
Chapter 4. From restoration to sale: antiquities in sculptors' workshops
Chapter 5. The price of collecting: acquiring antiquities in sixteenth-century Rome
Chapter 6. The other side of the coin: collecting meets illegality
Chapter 7. Exporting antiquities: the rules and the practice
Chapter 8. Moving antiquities around
Paul IV's motu proprio for the protection of Roman antiquities, [20 December] 1556
Evidence from Francesco Serason's trial for the illegal acquisition of ancient marbles, July-August 1557
Vincenzo Stampa's letter from Rome to Cardinal Carlo Borromeo in Milan about his possible appointment as "keeper of the Belvedere antiquities," 1 November 1556
Evidence from the trial for fraud against Vincenzo Stampa, 1569
Cardinal Luigi Cornaro's ban for the protection of Roman antiquities, 20 June 1570
Excavation contract between donna Ersilia del Monte and the "soci excavatori" maestro Oliverio Mariani from Ascoli and Giovanni Bonardo from Rocca di Cagni, 11 December 1573
Cardinal Enrico Caetani's revocation of all excavation licenses, 21 January 1588
Littera passus for Carlo Emanuele I of Savoy, 1 February 1588
Excavation license granted to Ginevra Salviati, December 1591
Evidence from the trial against Vincenzo Menichelli for unauthorized diggings, April-May 1594
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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