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The Villa Laurentina of Pliny the Younger in an 18th Century Vision.

The Villa Laurentina of Pliny the Younger in an 18th Century Vision.

  • Pagine: 250, 18 Ill. B/N, 120 Ill. Col.
  • Anno edizione: 2016
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Jerzy Miziolek, The Villa Laurentina of Pliny the Younger in an Eighteenth Century Vision

The book deals with a paper reconstruction of Pliny the Youngers (c. AD 61-112) villa near Ostia, some twenty kilometres from Rome. This unique work was created in Rome in the years 1777-78 by a young Pole, Count Stanis³aw K. Potocki (1755-1821) in cooperation with Giuseppe Manocchi and other outstanding artists of the time. The work, originally in the Potocki collection in Wilanów, is today housed in the iconographic collection of the National Library, Warsaw. It contains over thirty large-format drawings (57.789.5 cm) in colour. Just before the close of the 18th century, probably during his last sojourn in Italy (1795-97), Count Potocki wrote a 24-page-long commentary to his work, entitled Notes et Idées sur la Villa de Pline. This hitherto unpublished manuscript commentary and reconstruction drawings of the villa are now published together with a virtual visualisation of the villa produced in 3D Studio Max 2014.

JERZY MIZIOLEK is professor of the visual arts and the classical tradition at the University of Warsaw (Institute of Archaeology). He studied art history and classical archaeology at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków and Christian archaeology at the Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia, Rome. He received his Ph.D. in 1987 and habilitation in 1996. He has been awarded a Saxl Fund fellowship at the Warburg Institute (1990), a Getty Grant Program postdoctoral fellowship (1991), a Mellon fellowship at Villa I Tatti (Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, 1994), a fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence (1995), a Paul Mellon fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington (1996, 1997, 1998, 2001) and a Getty Research Institute fellowship (2006). Since 1992 he has been teaching courses in Italian Renaissance art and the classical tradition in the visual arts of the 18th and 19th centuries. He is the author of more than 150 papers and reviews published, among others, in the Journal of the Warburg Institute, Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Intitutes in Florenz, Arte Cristiana, Prospettiva, Fontes, Renaissance Studies, I Tatti Studies, Fontes, Iconographica, Pegassus and Arte Lombarda. Several of them deal with Italian Renaissance domestic paintings. He has published seven books, including: Sol verus: Studies in the Iconography of Christ in the Art of the First Christian Millennium (1991), Soggetti classici sui cassoni fiorentini alla vigilia del Rinascimento (1996), Falsifications in Polish Collections and Abroad (2001), The Artistic Culture of Warsaws University (2003) and Muse, bacchanti e centauri. La pittura pompeiana e la loro fortuna in Polonia (2010). Since 1991 he has delivered more than forty papers and lectures at foreign universities and international symposia concerning Early Christian, Renaissance and neoclassical art.

Jerzy Miziolek, Villa Laurentina of Pliny the Younger in an Eighteenth Century Vision


Chapter I. Stanislaw Kostka Potocki: archaeology and artistic culture in the 2nd half of the eighteenth century
1.The fascination with Antiquity and its influence in the 2nd half of the eighteenth century
2.Stanis³aw Kostka Potocki in the Memoirs of Eyewitness
3.Stanis³aw Kostka Potockis studies at the Royal Academy in Turin
4.Stanis³aw Kostka Potockis travels around Italy in 1774-82
5.In the company of Princess Izabela Lubomirska: Stanis³aw Kostka Potockis sojourn in Italy in 1785-86

Chapter II. The Laurentina - Pliny the Youngers villa marittima and its reconstruction in the pure taste of the century of Trajan
1. A literary portrait of the Laurentina - the dwelling-place of the Muses
2.The owner of the Laurentina
3.The search for the remnants of the Laurentina in the eighteenth century and later
4.Plinys letter on the Laurentina in European culture from the Renaissance to neoclassicism
5.Artists employed by Stanis³aw Kostka Potocki, and their drawings
6.Reconstruction drawings of the Laurentina and remarks on the Notes et Idées sur la Villa de Pline
7.Reconstruction of Plinys villa, decoration of the main rooms, patterns and inspirations
8.The cryptoportico with adjacent pavilions and the heliocaminus
9. Some notes on the Ideas Guiding the Plan for Plinys villa by Potocki

Chapter III. The third dimension of Pliny the Youngers villa. Virtual reconstruction of the Laurentina

Instead of an epilogue: the Laurentina of Potockis vision and the artistic culture of neoclassical Warsaw


I. Pliny the Younger, Letter to Gallus (2, 17)
II. Stanis³aw Kostka Potocki, Notes and Ideas on Plinys Villa
III. Notes and explanations in the portfolios containing the drawings


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