During his several travels to Italy, the French poet and antiquarian J. J. Boissard joined the entourage of some of the most important collectors and connoisseurs of antiquities of that time. He studied and copied the archaeological objects included in their collections and reproduced them in his works. Among them there are several representations of ancient musical themes and instruments. The goal of this contribution will be to identify the archaeological objects copied by Boissard and analyze how these iconographical models were reproduced in the work of some of the most important antiquarians of the 18th century, such as Bernard de Montfaucon, Francesco Bianchini, and Jean-Benjamin de La Borde.
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