The History of Greek Vases: Potters, Painters and Pictures

The History of Greek Vases: Potters, Painters and Pictures


By (author) John Boardman

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 252mm x 25mm | 839g
  • Publication date: 21 January 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500285934
  • ISBN 13: 9780500285930
  • Sales rank: 256,910

Product description

This book, newly available in paperback, is the definitive survey of Greek vases by the outstanding world authority on classical archaeology and art. In it, John Boardman sketches the stylistic history of Greek vases and goes on to explore the many other matters that make the subject so fruitful: the process of identifying artists; the methods of making and decorating the vases and the problems in doing so; the life of the potter; the pots' dissemination beyond Greece; and their functions in life, cult and as messengers of style and subject. Boardman demonstrates how Greek artists exercised a style of narrative in art that was long influential in the West, and how their pictures reflected not simply on story-telling, but on the politics and social order of the day.

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Author information

Sir John Boardman is known and respected the world over as the outstanding authority on classical archaeology and art. His prodigious output of books includes some thirty titles, ranging from The Cretan Collection in Oxford (1961) to studies of Greek pottery and sculpture. He has received numerous honours, including a knighthood in 1989 and honorary doctorates from the University of Athens and the Sorbonne.

Table of contents

1. A History of Greek Vases; 2. Connoisseurship; 3. Potters and Painters; 4. Trade; 5. Pictures and People I; 6. Pictures and People II; 7. Greek Vases in Use; 8. Pottery and Other Arts; 9. Tricks of the Trade; 10. Tools of the Study.