A. Concept and origins
The plural term 'antiquities' (Latin antiquitates) denotes in a broad sense all relics of Graeco-Roman Antiquity, and in a stricter sense the art objects from that period. The rediscovery of Roman Antiquity by Italian Humanists in the 14th cent. quickly stimulated widespread collection of such objects with the aim of investigating and displaying ancient culture in Italy.
There were no known historical models for the process, although there were large collections of art in Antiquity (e.g. that of the wealthy general Lucullus) and m…
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Gáldy, Andrea M. (München),
“Antiquities collection”, in:
Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism
, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014).
Consulted online on 22 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004796>
First published online: 2015