Ancient Greece Art, Architecture, and History

ISBN-10: 0892366958
ISBN-13: 9780892366958
Edition: 2003
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Description: Since antiquity, the achievements of the Greeks in art and architecture have elicited great admiration. From the Parthenon and the other temples on the Acropolis of Athens to the fabled palace of King Minos at Knossos on Crete to the walled city of  More...

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/11/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Since antiquity, the achievements of the Greeks in art and architecture have elicited great admiration. From the Parthenon and the other temples on the Acropolis of Athens to the fabled palace of King Minos at Knossos on Crete to the walled city of Mycenae-home of the Trojan leader Agamemnon-Greek art and architecture continue to this day to fascinate visitors to Greece and influence Western aesthetics. This informative handbook traces Greek art and architecture from the third millennium to the first century B.C. Belozerskaya and Lapatin relate the rich development of styles, techniques, and motifs to the history of this period. The culmination of these developments in architecture, sculpture, and vase painting in the fifth century B.C. is illustrated in such masterpieces as the temples at Paestum in Italy, the sculptures of the Parthenon, the bronze charioteer from Delphi, and works of the Attic black- and red-figure vase painters. Also included in the book is a discussion of the spread of Greek culture to southern Italy and Sicily and the influence of Greek artistic traditions on Roman art. With more than three hundred illustrations, this book will serve as an attractive guide for students, travelers, and all those interested in ancient Greek civilization.

Marina Belozerskaya is the author of The Medici Giraffe: And Other Tales of Exotic Animals and Power, The Arts of Tuscany from the Etruscans to Ferragamo, and Luxury Arts of the Renaissance. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles.

Kenneth D. S. Lapatin studied Greek art and archaeology at Berkeley and Oxford and in Athens as a Fulbright Scholar. Currently president of the Boston society of the Archaeological Institute of America, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, Marina Belozerskaya, a writer of historical nonfiction.

What Is Greek Art?
2600-1100 B.C.: Between Myth and Reality: Minoans and Mycenaeans
Minoan Crete
The Palace of Knossos
The Variety of Materials and Forms
War and Trade: The Mycenaean World
Mycenae: The Mighty Fortress
Mycenae, Rich in Gold
1100-610 B.C.: From Geometric to Orientalizing
Conceptualizing the World
Ordering the Universe
Aristocratic Values
The Orientalizing Period
610-480 B.C.: Archaic Art
The Greek Polis
The Athenian Akropolis before the Persian Destruction
Kouroi
Korai
The Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi
Magna Graecia: Greek Colonies in the West, Paestum
Selinus
Athenian Vase-Painting
480-450 B.C.: The Early Classical Period
Changes in Art and Society in the Early Classical Period
Persian Wars
The Doric Temple in the Early Classical Period
Pediments of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia
Explorations of the Human Body in Early Classical Sculpture
Western Greeks in the Early Classical Period
Greek Painting: The Tomb of the Diver at Paestum
The Greek Ideal of Beauty
450-323 B.C.: The Classical Period
Athens in the Age of Perikles
The Akropolis of Athens
The Parthenon Pediments
The Parthenon Frieze and Metopes
The Doric Temple in the Classical Period
Lost Masterpieces
Greek Theater
The Evolution of Classical Sculpture
The Kerameikos Cemetery in Athens
The Maussolleion at Halikarnassos
Skopas and Praxiteles
Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidauros
Urban Planning: Priene
New Architectural Forms
Greek Culture in the East
323-31 B.C.: Art in the Hellenistic Age
Alexander the Great and the Birth of the Hellenistic Age
Lysippos
Hellenistic Kingships
Urban Planning as a Magnificent Setting
The Great Altar of Zeus at Pergamon
Urban Planning in the Service of Well-Being
The Great Temples of Asia Minor
Hellenism and the East: Nemrud Dagh
Hellenistic Portraiture In Search of the Individual
New Genres of Art
The Female Nude
Genre Scenes in Late Hellenistic Art
Odysseus at Sperlonga
The Laokoon
Map of Cited Places
Timeline
Index of Names
Index of Myths and Gods
Major Collections of Greek Art

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