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The Actor and the Mask
Taille douce: etching and engraving, Etching on wove paper. Ca. 1757
Vanni, Niccolo; Aloja, Joseph
The Actor and the Mask
Taille douce: etching and engraving, Etching on wove paper. Ca. 1757
Vanni, Niccolo; Aloja, Joseph

During his reign in Naples, Charles of Bourbon founded two institutions related to the excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum. These were the Herculaneum Royal Academy, which published Le antichità, and the Herculanense Museum. Such a modern approach to the study of antiquities is reflected in this print of a mural, where the paint losses are shown in order not to give a false impression of

Alcestis and Admetus
Taille douce: etching and engraving on wove paper. Ca. 1757
Preciado de la Vega, Francisco; Vanni, Niccolo
Alcestis and Admetus
Taille douce: etching and engraving on wove paper. Ca. 1757
Preciado de la Vega, Francisco; Vanni, Niccolo

As King of Naples and Sicily, Charles of Bourbon actively promoted the excavations at Herculaneum and Pompeii, and helped bring attention to them through prints that stimulated archaeological research. Only the first volume of Le antichità was published during his Neapolitan reign, but from Spain he continued to encourage the appearance of the other volumes.

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