The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture

The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture

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In the fifth century BCE, an artistic revolution occurred in Greece, as sculptors developed new ways of representing bodies, movement, and space. The resulting 'classical' style would prove influential for centuries to come. Modern scholars have traditionally described the emergence of this style as a steady march of progress, culminating in masterpieces like the Parthenon sculptures. But this account assumes the impossible: that the early Greeks were working tirelessly toward a style of which they had no prior knowledge. In this ambitious work, Richard Neer draws on recent work in art history, archaeology, literary criticism, and art theory to rewrite the story of Greek sculpture. He provides new ways to understand classical sculpture in Greek terms, and carefully analyzes the relationship between political and stylistic histories. A much-heralded project, "The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture" represents an important step in furthering our understanding of the ancient world.

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  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 220.98 x 279.4 x 20.32mm | 1,088.62g
  • The University of Chicago Press
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • English
  • 10 colour plates, 130 halftones, 12 line drawings
  • 0226570630
  • 9780226570631
  • 683,465

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"This is a big and ambitious volume, beautifully written by one of the leading new voices in the field of Greek visual art. From its rich and challenging introduction on the theory of interpretation to its brilliant reading of the Tyrranicides, this work is unlike any other in its field." - James I. Porter, University of California, Irvine"

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About Richard T. Neer

Richard Neer is the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Humanities, Art History, and the College at the University of Chicago, where he is also a coeditor of Critical Inquiry. He is the author of several previous volumes on Greek art and archaeology.

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