The Arts in Prehistoric Greece

The Arts in Prehistoric Greece

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A survey of how the Aegean peoples expressed themselves during a period of some 5000 years after the end of the Bronze Age (circa 1100 BC), and before the rise of Greek art. Work produced in the ambience of the palaces of Crete (including the palace of Minos at Knossos) and of Mycenae on the mainland is fully described and illustrated. For purposes of clarity the arts are considered by function and material rather than by geographical region or chronological period; but the main political upheavals affecting them are kept in mind. Little wall-painting has survived, and the so-called minor arts are examined for the light they thow on it, as well as to assess artistic development in the Aegean as a whole.
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  • Paperback | 311 pages
  • 147.07 x 209.3 x 17.53mm | 472g
  • New Haven, CT, United States
  • English
  • 237 b-w illus.
  • 0300052871
  • 9780300052879
  • 639,317

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The Art In Prehistoric Greece is a comprehensive survey of how the Aegean peoples expressed themselves during a period of some five thousand years after the end of the Bronze Age ( c. 1100 B.C. ), and before the rise of Greek Art, Work produced in the ambience of the palaces of Crete ( including the palace of Minos at Knossos) and of Mycenae on the mainland is fully described and illustrated.
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Table of contents

Part 1 Historical summary: Neolithic; early Bronze Age (c. 3000-2000 B.C.); middle Bronze Age (c. 2000-1450 B.C.) - the shaft grave period on the mainland (c. 1575-1475 B.C.), the eruption of Thera, and the conquest of Crete c. 1450 B.C.; later Bronze Age (c. 1450 B.C. onwards). Part 2 Pottery: Neolithic - Crete, the Cyclades, the mainland; early Bronze Age (c. 3000-2000 B.C.) - Crete, the Cyclades, the mainland; middle Bronze Age (c. 2000-1450 B.C.) - Crete, the Cyclades, the mainland; later Bronze Age (c. 1450 B.C. onwards); coffins and bathtubs. Part 3 Painting: Crete and the Cyclades - miniature frescoes, relief frescoes; the mainland; technique. Part 4 Sculpture: Neolithic; earlier Bonze Age (c. 3000-1700 B.C.) - Crete, the Cyclades, the mainland; later Bronze Age (c. 1700-1100 B.C.) - Crete, the mainland, clay statues and figurines, bronze figurines. Part 5 Wood, shell, bone and ivory - faience - glass: wood, shell, bone, and ivory - early and middle Bronze Age (until c. 1450 B.C.) - Crete, the mainland, later Bronze Age (c. 1450 B.C. onwards); faience - early middle and Bronze Age (until c. 1450 B.C.) - the temple repositories, the Mycenae shaft graves, later Bronze Age (c. 1450 B.C. onwards); glass. Part 6 Stone vases: materials, methods of manufacture, lamps. Part 7 Metal vases: early Middle Bonze Age (until c. 1450 B.C.); later Bronze Age (c. 1450 B.C. onwards); copper and bronze vessels; technique. Part 8 Arms: early and middle Bronze Age (until c. 1450 B.C.) - Crete, the mainland, the Mycenae shaft graves; later Bronze Age (c. 1450 B.C. onwards). Part 9 Jewellery: Neolithic; early Bronze Age (c. 3000-2000 B.C.) - Crete, the Cyclades, the mainland; middle Bonze Age (c. 2000-1450 B.C.) - Crete, the Cyclades, the mainland, the Mycenae shaft graves; later Bronze Age (c. 1450 B.C. onwards); technique. Part 10 Seals and gems: early Bronze Age (c. 3000-2000 B.C.) - Crete, the Cyclades, the mainland; middle Bronze Age (c. 2000-1450 B.C.) - Crete, the Cyclades, the mainland; later Bronze Age (c. 1450 B.C. onwards); materials and techniques. Part 11 Conclusion: the early Bronze Age koine in the Aegean; the Minoan art of Crete; Mycenaean art; end of the Bronze Age (from c. 1200 B.C. onwards).
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