POSTPONED (new date to be announced) – TIAMSA Live Book Discussion No. 6 – Barbara Furlotti “Antiques in Motion – From Excavation Sites to Renaissance Collections “

TIAMSA is pleased to announce its sixth book discussion – Antiques in Motion. From Excavation Sites to Renaissance Collections. Author Barbara Furlotti will discuss her book, followed by a conversation with Adriano Aymonino (University of Buckingham) and Clare Hornsby (Paul Mellon Centre Research Group). 

As usual, the event will be moderated by Kim Oosterlinck (Université libre de Bruxelles). All attendants will be invited to join the discussion!

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About the book

Barbara Furlotti presents a dynamic interpretation of the early modern market for antiquities, relying on the innovative notion of archaeological finds as mobile items. She reconstructs the journey of ancient objects from digging sites to venues where they were sold, such as Roman marketplaces and antiquarians’ storage spaces; to sculptors’ workshops, where they were restored; and to Italian and other European collections, where they arrived after complicated and costly travel over land and sea. She shifts the attention away from collectors to the elusive peasants with shovels, dealers and middlemen, and restorers who unearthed, cleaned up and repaired or remade objects, recuperating the role these actors played in Rome’s socioeconomic structure. Furlotti also examines the changes in economic value, meaning, and appearance that antiquities underwent as they moved from person to person during their journey and as they reached the locations in which they were displayed. Drawing on vast unpublished archival material, she offers answers to novel questions: How were antiquities excavated? How and where did peasants, merchants, and agents trade them? How was a price agreed upon between sellers and buyers? How were laws about the ownership of ancient finds made, followed, and evaded?

About the author

Barbara Furlotti is associate lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She authored ‘A Renaissance Baron and His Possessions: Paolo Giordano I Orsini, Duke of Bracciano (1541-1585)’ (Brepols, 2012) and contributed to ‘Display of Art in the Roman Palace, 1550-1750’ (Getty Publications, 2014).

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