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Local antiquities, local identitiesArt, literature and antiquarianism in Europe, c. 1400–1700$
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Kathleen Christian and Bianca de Divitiis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526117045

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526117045.001.0001

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Reusing and redisplaying antiquities in early modern France

Reusing and redisplaying antiquities in early modern France

(p.121) 6 Reusing and redisplaying antiquities in early modern France
Local antiquities, local identities

William Stenhouse

Manchester University Press

This essay examines attitudes towards the display, study and protection of Roman antiquities, including inscriptions, bas-reliefs, and statues, in southern France, looking particularly at the towns of Arles, Nîmes and Vienne. There are plenty of examples of the destruction of ancient remains in this period, especially ancient structures that obstructed modern building projects, but various people and institutions also laid claim to Roman material. Kings and their lieutenants removed objects, but also told towns to maintain what they had. Civic governments began to display pieces that affirmed their cities’ ancient past and tried to preserve ancient buildings, sometimes by collaborating with religious orders. Collectively, the efforts of these different individuals and institutions contributed to a shared sense of local heritage.

Keywords:   Renaissance France, Bordeaux, Bourges, Nîmes, Narbonne, Collecting and Antiquarianism in Renaissance France, Renaissance epigraphy, Patrimony

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