La Fortuna Visiva di Pompei
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The cultural identity of Pompeii results from various meanings attributed during time to its antiquities by different persons with different aims. "The Visual Fortune of Pompeii" collects images and texts documenting how the monuments of Pompeii have been interpreted and perceived from 1748, when it was discovered, until the beginning of the XX century.

The name chosen for this research Project, carried out by Scuola Normale Superiore since 2002, clearly declares the predominant purpose to analyse the perception of the ancient city of Pompeii, in its numerous forms and variations in time and space, through the edited and inedited graphic documentation, giving priority to the most antique and valuable testimonies.

The main objects of research are therefore the figurative representations in themselves (engravings, drawings, watercolours, etc.) and the "fortune" of the subjects that are reproduced in these, related to the archaeological site and its monuments. The main objective is the critical reconstruction of the cultural identity currently assumed by Pompeii, which can be obtained after operating a synthesis of the various forms and modalities through which the vesuvian antiquities have been perceived and described.

The activities of research and analysis carried out on this huge documentation are supported by a Digital Archive and a Digital Library, both of which are designed with two main aims: to help the researchers in the archiving and management of complex information and of different types of resources; to allow everyone for the consultation, through this website, of such a rare, and often not easily accessible, cultural and artistic heritage.