Carol C. Mattusch, Mathy Professor of Art History, has published a scholarly edition of Johann Joachim Winckelmann's Letter and Report on the Discoveries at Herculaneum, originally published in German in 1762 and 1764. Mattusch translated the documents and offers an introduction and commentary.
As the publisher, Getty Publications, explains, "the introduction describes the context in which these texts were written, identifies various politicians, academics, and collectors, and elucidates topics of particular interest to Winckelmann, from artifacts to local customs to the contents of ancient papyri. The illustrations, particularly those from the Bourbon publication—Le Antichità di Ercolano (1757–92)—illuminate how these monuments influenced contemporary perceptions of the ancient world."
August 01, 2011