The Invention of Antiquity...

... was on display in the Rare Book Room of the Canaday Library at Bryn Mawr College from 20 September through 17 December 2004. I curated the show, wrote the text, and designed the website. This was largely facilitated by a summer internship funded by the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library. I received liberal assistance from many at Bryn Mawr, including Jeremy Blatchley, Carol Campbell, Barbara Grubb, Marianne Hansen, Tamara Johnston, Eileen Markson, and Eric Pumroy. As I was starting out, Professors David Cast, Dale Kinney, and Russell Scott each provided me with useful guidance for navigating the intellectual terrain.

Such an exhibition was possible only because of the generosity of many alumnae, faculty, and friends whose donations over the years have enabled Bryn Mawr to build an extraordinary collection of printed books from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. For this exhibition, there were two especially important pairs of donors. The first was Phyllis Goodhart Gordan '35 and her father, Howard Lehman Goodhart, whose interests in Renaissance humanism produced one of the largest collections of fifteenth-century printed books in the country. The second was Jonathan and David Bober, sons of the late Phyllis Pray Bober, the Leslie Clark Professor Emeritus in the Humanities. Their recent donation of nineteen books from her library has considerably strengthened our collection of sixteenth-, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century works on classical antiquity.

The text and descriptive labels draw from a number of sources, but just a few helped to determine the shape of the whole:

L. Barkan, Unearthing the past: archaeology and aesthetics in the making of Renaissance culture (New Haven, 1999).

D. Constantine, Early Greek travellers and the Hellenic ideal (Cambridge, 1984).

F. Haskell, History and its images: art and the interpretation of the past (New Haven, 1993).

A. Momigliano, "Ancient history and the antiquarian," Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 13 (1950), 285-315.

F. Nietzsche, Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

E. Panofsky, Meaning in the visual arts (Garden City, 1955).

R. Pfeiffer, History of classical scholarship from 1300 to 1850 (Oxford, 1976).

R. Weiss, The Renaissance discovery of classical antiquity (New York, 1969).

For further information, Joseph Connors's "Bibliography on the Recovery of the Antique" is a fine place to start.

Benjamin Anderson

Exhibition Curator

[Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections]

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