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This book examines Greek vase-paintings that depict humorous, burlesque, and irreverent images of Greek mythology and the gods. Many of the images present the gods and heroes as ridiculous and ugly. While the narrative content of some images may appear to be trivial, others address issues that are deeply serious. When placed against the background of the religious beliefs and social frameworks from which they spring, these images allow us to explore questions relating to their meaning in particular communities. Throughout, we see indications that Greek vase-painters developed their own comedic narratives and visual jokes. The images enhance our understanding of Greek society in just the same way as their more sober siblings in “serious” art. David Walsh is a Visiting Research Scholar in the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures at The University of Manchester.Read more
- First time that this type of material has been brought together in one catalogue/book
- Catalogue of 144 vases, has full and engaging commentary which describes vases and examines what they may have meant for their makers
- Images are visually appealing and the book is generously illustrated
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"...Walsh as offered up a publication that is both solid and timely." --AJA Online Book ReviewSee more reviews
"...it is a pleasant book, dealing with a subject enjoyable." --BMCR
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- Date Published: September 2008
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521896412
- length: 450 pages
- dimensions: 261 x 188 x 30 mm
- weight: 1.3kg
- contains: 144 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
2. The dramatic, artistic, religious and social context of humour
3. Strange beginnings
4. Violating the sanctuary
5. Ridiculing the gods
6. Subverting the hero
7. Distorted bodies
do the 'uglies' have the last laugh?
8. Distribution: being in with the 'in-crowd'
9. Final reflections: the world reversed.
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