Archaic and Classical Greek Art

ISBN-10: 0192842021

ISBN-13: 9780192842022

Edition: 1998

Authors: Robin Osborne

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This fascinating new 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 widely over the fields of sculpture, vase painting and the minor arts, this book provides a clear 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 city. '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 Franois Lissarrague, Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris 'brings all that is best in the 'new' Classical art history to this exciting interpretation . . . No reader of Osborne's stimulating and engaging book will come away with their vision of Greek art unchanged' Jeremy Tanner, Institute of Archaeology, University of London
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/19/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 278
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

A History of Art Without Artists
The lost history of Greek art
The history of art at work
The status of art in classical Athens
Art and private life
From Praying to Playing: Art in the Eighth Century BC
Modelling horses
Modelling men
The figure as a decorative element
Stories and statements
Reflections in an Eastern Mirror
A fabulous invasion
Heads, bodies, and gods
Myth as Measure
Myth and pathos: The Mykonos pithos
See myth and die: the Polyphemos amphora
Myth and ritual: the Hyperborean maidens
A revolution effected
Life Enlarged
The art of revelation
Revealing gods, reviewing men, offering women
Marketing an Image
Transforming a formula
The creation of the contemplative viewer
Colourful dramas outside Athens
Pot shapes
Enter Politics
Politics enters the sanctuary
Death, politics, and the gymnasium
Gay Abandon
Role-play and the body at the symposion
The invention of the red-figure technique
Bodies and flesh
Games with names
Virtuoso exhibits
The isolated image
Sex, drink, and the gods
Cult, Politics, and Imperialism
From dissent to totalitarianism
Sexuality and the standing male
The body of private imagery
Opening the body's story
Closing the body's story
The violence of representation
The Claims of the Dead
Grave offerings
Putting the dead body in its place
Art and the afterlife
Individuals Within and Without the City
Breaking the classical mould
Facing suffering
Life stories
Portraits and power
The Sensation of Art
Body language
The sensational artist
Looking. Backwards
The agenda of revolution
The power of the Greek image
List of Illustrations
Bibliographic Essay
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