glyptotheca


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glyptotheca

(ˌɡlɪptəʊˈθiːkə)
n, pl -cae (-siː)
(Art Terms) art a space devoted to sculpture

glyptotheca

a room, building, or other place specifically used for the preservation of works of sculpture.
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He argues that these collections emerged at the heart of a modern aesthetic that touched Bourgeois and Bacon, if not somehow Messerschmidt too: "Once assembled and deciphered, they would become what the statues of Antiquity, the glyptotheca, had been to Academic teaching: the foundation of a new Science, a science, not of the Beautiful but of the True.
1) A glyptotheca is a place for keeping sculpture and Jacobsen must have brought the stuff from Egypt, Italy and Greece by the boatload to make one of the most extensive collections in northern Europe (the more impressive because it was assembled late in the nineteenth century, after the French had looted and the British and Germans acquired so many of the treasures of the ancient world).