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Local antiquities, local identities – Art, literature and antiquarianism in Europe, c. 1400–1700 - Manchester Scholarship Online
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Local antiquities, local identities: Art, literature and antiquarianism in Europe, c. 1400–1700

Kathleen Christian and Bianca de Divitiis


This book brings together essays on the burgeoning array of local antiquarian practices developed across Europe in the early modern era (c. 1400-1700). Adopting an interdisciplinary and comparative method it investigates how individuals, communities and regions invented their own ancient pasts according to concerns they faced in the present. A wide range of 'antiquities' -- real or fictive, Roman, or pre-Roman, unintentionally confused or deliberately forged -- emerged through archaeological investigations, new works of art and architecture, collections, history-writing and literature. This bo ... More

Keywords: Renaissance antiquarianism, Early modern archaeology, European antiquarianism, Renaissance Reception of antiquity, Renaissance art and architecture, Early modern historiography, Renaissance literature, Renaissance history, Classical tradition

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526117045
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526117045.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen Christian, editor
Senior Lecturer in Art History at The Open University

Bianca de Divitiis, editor
Associate Professor in the History of Modern Art at the University of Naples Federico II

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Kathleen Christian and Bianca de Divitiis

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