Archaic and Classical Greek Art

Archaic and Classical Greek Art

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This account of what happened in Greece from c. 800 to 323 BC shows how sculptors and painters responded to the challenges they faced in the extremely formidable and ambitious world of the Greek city-state. The numerous symbols and images employed by their eastern Mediterranean neighbours on the one hand, and the explorations of what it was to be human embodied in the narratives with which Greek poets worked on the other, helped produce the rich diversity of forms apparent in Greek art. The drawings and sculptures of this period referred so intimately to the human form as to lead both ancient and modern theorists to talk in terms of the "mimetic" role of art. The importance of what occurred still affects the way we see today. Ranging over the fields of sculpture, vase painting and the minor arts, this book provides an introduction to the art of archaic and classical Greece. By looking closely at the context in which, and for which sculptures and paintings were produced, Robin Osborne demonstrates how artistic developments were both a product of, and contributed to, the intensely competitive life of the Greek more

Product details

  • Hardback | 277 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 30mm | 859.99g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 67 colour plates, 72 b&w halftones, 3 plans, 2 maps, bibliography, index
  • 0192842641
  • 9780192842640

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"Brilliantly illustrates the purpose of this new series by focusing on the social and political context of Greek art...a different approach suggesting new perspectives and original connections....Eye-opening and thought-provoking."--Professor Francois Lissarrague, Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris"show more

Table of contents

Introduction. Chapter 1: A history of art without artists. Chapter 2: From praying to playing: the art of the eighth century BC. Chapter 3: Reflections in an eastern mirror. Chapter 4: Myth as measure. Chapter 5: Life enlarged. Chapter 6: Marketing an image. Chapter 7: Enter politics. Chapter 8: Gay abandon. Chapter 9: Cult, politics, and imperialism. Chapter 10: The claims of the dead. Chapter 11. Individuals within and without the city. Chapter 12: The sensation of art. Chapter 13: Looking Backwards. List of Illustrations, Bibliographic essay, Timeline, Indexshow more

About Robin Osborne

Robin Osborne is a Professor of Ancient History in the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor of Corpus Christi more

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