Aegean Art and Architecture

ISBN-10: 0192842080

ISBN-13: 9780192842084

Edition: 1999

Authors: Donald Preziosi, Louise A. Hitchcock

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The discoveries in Crete, Greece, and the Aegean islands that began a century ago were nothing less than stunning, and seemed to give shape and substance to tales of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth, of Theseus and Ariadne, of Minos and Icarus. Ancient Aegean Art is the first comprehensive historical introduction to the art and architecture Crete, mainland Greece, and the Cycladic islands in the Aegean, beginning with the Neolithic period, before 3000 BCE, and ending at the close of the Bronze Age and the transition to the Iron Age of Hellenic Greece (c.1000 BCE). Covering a broad range of objects and artefacts, from sealstones to pots to buildings and settlements, Preziosi and Hitchcock discuss both the historiography of the field of ancient art history and explain the artefacts original intentions and functions. In chronologically organized chapters, the authors emphasize the more widely known images and structures, with a glimpse at the lesser-known but important discoveries, explaining their design, uses, meanings, and formal developments. Ancient Aegean Art incorporates the latest archeological discoveries and theoretical and methodological developments, in the only volume to examine both Crete and the mainland.
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/24/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Introduction: Aegean Art and Architecture
The environment
Discovering the Aegean world
Art and art history
Objectives of this book
Organization of the book
The Neolithic Period and the Prepalatial Early Bronze Age
Burial practices
The First Palace Period
Middle Bronze Age palaces and villas
The vernacular tradition in Greece and Crete
Ritual practices
The Second Palace Period
Public art, private art, and the palatial architectural style
The Second Palaces: Knossos, Phaistos, Gournia, and Kato Zakro
Minoan villas: function and design
The terminology and typology of Minoan palatial buildings
The Minoan and Mycenaean spheres of influence
Religious practices
Burial practices
Mycenaean Domination and the Minoan Tradition
The Mycenaean palace at Pylos
The Mycenaean palace at Knossos
Haghia Triadha and Kommos
The continuation of Minoan building techniques in the Third Palace Period
Burial practices
The Mycenaean shrine at Phylakopi
The circuit walls at Mycenae and Tiryns
Conclusion: Disruptions, (Dis)Continuities, and the Bronze Age
The eastward migration of Aegean traditions
The international style
Cyprus, Palestine, and the Peoples of the Sea
Tradition and transformation
What goes around comes around: Daedalus returns to Crete
List of Illustrations
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