The Art of the Greeks with 112 Plates and 18 Illustrations in the Text

The Art of the Greeks with 112 Plates and 18 Illustrations in the Text

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...made several statues of children playing with birds, such as ducks or geese. Our museums are rich in figures of this kind, which, if not from originals by Boethos, yet reflect the motives of which he made use; there is in particular one in the Vatican of a boy struggling with a goose almost of his own size, which is full of playful humour1; and even more delightful is a little figure found in the lake of N emi, of a boy who has succeeded in imprisoning a duck under his hand, and then, smitten with sudden fear, stretches out his other hand imploring assistance. Not the least notable feature of these figures is that the fourth-century incapacity for reproducing accurately a child's proportions and physiognomy has quite disappeared. These playful children may be said to foreshadow the chubby, sportive amoretti of Pompeian art. Of the same character is a bronze statuette of Eros holding a torch, now in the possession of Mr. Pierpont Morgan. It is nearly life-size, and is remarkable for its beautiful patina (see p. 69).' A few words may be added here on the hitherto neglected subject of Greek portraiture. As Mrs. Strong has recently pointed out, ' it has become the custom to give the Romans all the credit for what antiquity achieved in this branch of art, and even in such portraits as those of Pericles and Alexander (Pl. xLII.) to see only the idealised personality of the subject. Now, however, that we have a group of genuine Greek portraits collected together in the Ephesus Room of the British Museum, we can fittingly revise our preconceptions. Not only kings and statesmen, but poets and philosophers are seen to have been thought worthy of commemoration with all the individualism of a Roman Imperial bust. Two that may more

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  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123687255X
  • 9781236872555