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Studies in the History of Collections

Edited by John Boardman, Christopher Brown, Arthur MacGregor and Peter Stewart, Studies in the History of Collections is a new and innovative series embracing art and science, the antique and post-antique, east and west, old world and new. It is being published in two forms. The first, under the imprint of British Archaeological Reports (published by Archaeopress) is in their standard format; the second, under the joint imprint of Archaeopress and the Beazley Archive, is hard-bound. The large (A4) format, rich in images, aims to make subjects accessible to a broad spectrum of readers.

Authors who would like their work to be considered for the series are invited to contact The Editors will wish to see a hard copy of the text and images. They will consult an International Refereeing Committee. Authors whose work has been accepted will be given an electronic format by email. They will be responsible for the preparation of their text and images according to this format.

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Volume IV
Greek Vases in the Imperial Hermitage Museum: The History of the Collection 1816-69
with Addenda et Corrigenda to Ludolf Stephani, Die Vasen-Sammlung der Kaiserlichen Ermitage (1869)

by Anastasia Bukina, Anna Petrakova and Catherine Phillips

ISBN 9781407311326

xvi+317 pages, Index, b/w and colour illustrations.

The Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg has one of the world’s great collections of Greek vases. In addition to the numerous vases and fragments found on Russian territory, it includes those found in Italy and acquired directly or purchased from other collectors, most notably the Marquis Campana, Antonio Giuseppe Pizzati and Countess Laval. The history of this part of the Hermitage collection of vases has never before been told in full. Taking Ludolf Stephani’s catalogue of 1869, Die Vasensammlung der Kaiserlichen Ermitage, as a starting point and studying a vast body of previously ignored archive documents, the authors (two of them curators of Greek vases in the Hermitage Museum) follow the formation of the collection up to 1869, establishing its sources and identifying a number of previously under-estimated or ignored Russian collectors of antiquities. The Hermitage collection is set not only within the Russian cultural context but within the wider picture of a pan-European interest in antiquities and their display. Since Stephani’s catalogue is still the main source for scholars of vases and vase collections, the book includes a valuable list of addenda and corrigenda to the provenances he provides for vases from private collections (those found during excavations on Russian territory are largely correct).


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Professor Sir John Boardman

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Emeritus Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art, University of Oxford

Dr Christopher Brown

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Director, Ashmolean Museum; Fellow of Worcester College, University of Oxford

  • Dutch and Flemish seventeenth-century paintings.

Member of the Raad van Toezicht, Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie; Member of the Board of Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp; Chairman of the National Loan Collection Trust and Trustee of the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Author of Bruegel (1975); Dutch Painting (1976); Burgundy (1977); Rembrandt - The Complete Paintings (2 volumes, 1980); Carel Fabritius (1981); A Chatelet - Early Dutch Painting (1981); Van Dyck (1982); Scenes of Everyday Life - 17th-Century Dutch Genre Painting (1984); Anthony Van Dyck: Drawings (1991); Rubens Landscapes (1996) and Anthony Van Dyck: Paintings (1999).

Source: University of Oxford - Directory of Experts (1999)

Dr Arthur MacGregor FSA

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Senior Assistant Keeper, Department of Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum; Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford

  • Archaeology and material culture of the Anglo-Saxon, medieval and later period
  • History of collecting and of museums

Director of the Society of Antiquaries; Chairman of the Finds Research Group 700-1700.

Editor of the Journal of the History of Collections (1989-); Tradescant's Rarities (1983); The Late King's Goods (1989); Sir Hans Sloane (1994). Co-editor of The Origins of Museums (1985).

Author of Bone, Antler, Ivory and Horn (1985); Ashmolean Museum, Summary Catalogue of the Continental Archaeological Collections (1997).

Source: University of Oxford - Directory of Experts (1999)

Dr Peter Stewart

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Director, Classical Art Research Centre, University of Oxford

Before taking up the post of Director in 2011, Peter Stewart was Reader in Classical Art and its Heritage at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London. He was previously Lecturer in Classics and Curator of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at Reading University. His research mainly lies in the field of ancient sculpture, including Roman provincial art and the sculpture collection at Wilton House, for which he is completing the history and catalogue. 

His past publications include, Statues in Roman Society: Representation and Response (Oxford, 2003); Roman Art (Oxford/Cambridge, 2004); and The Social History of Roman Art (Cambridge 2008).

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