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    Image and Myth: A History of Pictorial Narration in Greek Art (Hardback) By (author) Luca Giuliani, Translated by Joseph O'Donnell

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    DescriptionOn museum visits, we pass by beautiful, well-preserved vases from ancient Greece - but how often do we understand what the images on them depict? In "Image and Myth", Luca Giuliani tells the stories behind the pictures, exploring how artists of antiquity had to determine which motifs or historical and mythic events to use to tell an underlying story while also keeping in mind the tastes and expectations of paying clients. Covering the range of Greek style and its growth between the early Archaic and Hellenistic periods, Giuliani describes the intellectual, social, and artistic contexts in which the images were created. He reveals that developments in Greek vase painting were driven as much by the times as they were by tradition - the better-known the story, the less leeway the artists had in interpreting it. As literary culture transformed from an oral tradition, in which stories were always in flux, to the stability of written texts, the images produced by artists eventually became nothing more than illustrations of canonical works. At once a work of cultural and art history, "Image and Myth" builds a new way of understanding the visual culture of ancient Greece.

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    Image and Myth
    A History of Pictorial Narration in Greek Art
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Luca Giuliani, Translated by Joseph O'Donnell
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 178 mm
    Height: 254 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 1,066 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226297651
    ISBN 10: 0226297659

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
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    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15830
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, LIT004190
    BIC subject category V2: ACG
    BISAC V2.8: ART015060
    DC22: 709.38
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    DC23: 709.38
    LC classification: N5633 .G48613 2013
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    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    18 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Luca Giuliani is the Rector of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin and professor of classical archaeology at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Joseph O'Donnell is a professional translator based in Berlin.