The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture

The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture


By (author) Richard T. Neer

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 213mm x 277mm x 18mm | 975g
  • Publication date: 5 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226570649
  • ISBN 13: 9780226570648
  • Illustrations note: 10 colour plates, 1 map, 142 halftones
  • Sales rank: 1,611,188

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In this wide-ranging study, Richard Neer offers a new way to understand the epoch-making sculpture of classical Greece. Working at the intersection of art history, archaeology, literature, and aesthetics, he reveals a people fascinated with the power of sculpture to provoke wonder in beholders. Wonder, not accuracy, realism, naturalism, or truth, was the supreme objective of Greek sculptors. Neer traces this way of thinking about art from the poems of Homer to the philosophy of Plato. Then, through meticulous accounts of major sculpture from around the Greek world, he shows how the demand for wonder-inducing statues gave rise to some of the greatest masterpieces of Greek art.

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Richard Neer is the David B. and E. Stern Professor of Humanities in the Department of Art History and the College at the University of Chicago. He is coeditor of Critical Inquiry.

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Best Books of 2011 "The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture" offers a visually and conceptually fresh take on its perennially fascinating subject. --Michael Fried "Artforum ""