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Unearthing the Past: Archaeology and Aesthetics in the Making of Renaissance Culture
In this text, Leonard Barkan tells the cultural story of the emergence into the daylight of the artworks of antiquity that had lain beneath Roman ground for more than a thousand years.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 8th 2001 by Yale University Press
(first published December 11th 1999)
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"anything that's uncompleted or that has been robbed of its completeness by time, both fascinates us and offers us the special vantage point from which the salient characteristics of moments in history are divulged. or perhaps the fragment reveals one of our salient characteristics: the wish to enter historical moments via their breaks or discontinuities"