By Erin Thompson
Enlivened through interesting personalities and scandalous occasions, Possession indicates how amassing antiquities has been a manner of making identification, trained by way of a wish to annex the earlier whereas offering a bootleg thrill alongside the way in which. Thompson's debts of history's such a lot notorious collectors—from the Roman Emperor Tiberius, who stole a life-sized nude Greek statue for his bed room, to Queen Christina of Sweden, who habitually pilfered small antiquities from her fellow aristocrats, to Sir William Hamilton, who compelled his mistress to enact poses from his choice of Greek vases—are as enchanting as they're revealing.
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Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors from Antiquity to the Present by Erin Thompson