Dr. Eugene Dwyer, professor of art history at Kenyon College, discusses the creation of the first plaster body casts at Pompeii and considers their reception by contemporaries. Some saw them as tragic victims; others saw them as objects of scientific study; still others saw them as the ultimate works of sculpture. As The Last Days of Pompeii now demonstrates, the perception of the casts as works of art or material for art has continued to this day.
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