Greek Bronzes

Greek Bronzes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...plinth green. Burgon Coll.......... Melos. C. 73. 35. Satyr with the infant Dionysos. Height 0.16. Whole body painted pink; drapery blue; grapes black. Back roughly modelled. Small round vent. Very heavy...... Uncertain. C. 10. 36. Seilenos as a Pedagogue with Dionysos. Height 0.20. Cloak blue. No vent. Plinth hollow....... Eretria? C. 281. GREEK TERRACOTTA STATUETTES CHAPTER I THE USE AND MEANING OF THE STATUETTES "This little toy was mighty Brutus' pet, Great its renown, though small the statuette." "Gloria tarn parvi non est obscura sigilli Istius pueri Brutus amator erat."--Martial, Epig. xiv. 171. Greek terracotta statuettes have a double charm, archaeological and aesthetic, the one appealing to a rather restricted class of students, the other to a much wider public. To the archaeologist a statuette is interesting in proportion to the evidence it affords of successive phases of thought and custom and the light it throws on obscure points in the evolution of religion and art; from this point of view archaic figures of the sixth century, some of which are frankly ugly, are much more attractive than the charming genre figure of the fourth or third century, whose interest lies mainly in its prettiness. So far, except in France, Greek statuettes have been chiefly treated from the archaeological standpoint, but the present publication is addressed to that wider public which, though not repelled by their archaeological interest, is mainly attracted by their aesthetic charm, and curious as to the circumstances under which they had their being, and the civilization which they represent. It therefore deals more particularly with those figures which are beautiful, roughly speaking those of later date than the middle...
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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236488938
  • 9781236488930