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Taste and the Antique: The Lure of Classical Sculpture, 1500-1900
A history of the development of critical opinions on ancient Greek and Roman sculpture discusses the owners, identification, copies, and fame of individual statues.
Paperback, 376 pages
Published September 10th 1982 by Yale University Press
(first published July 1st 1981)
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This book was read quickly to prepare for a visit to Italy. Unfortunately, many of the sculptures were not in the places mentioned in the book. Still, I found it good on why a particular sculpture was important, its discovery and subsequent provenance. But it is very old and could use updating by someone.