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The Image of the Artist in Archaic and Classical Greece
Art, Poetry, and Subjectivity

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  • Date Published: November 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107118256

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  • This book explores the persona of the artist in Archaic and Classical Greek art and literature. Guy Hedreen argues that artistic subjectivity, first expressed in Athenian vase-painting of the sixth century BCE and intensively explored by Euphronios, developed alongside a self-consciously constructed persona of the poet. He explains how poets like Archilochos and Hipponax identified with the wily Homeric character of Odysseus as a prototype of the successful narrator, and how the lame yet resourceful artist-god Hephaistos is emulated by Archaic vase-painters such as Kleitias. In lyric poetry and pictorial art, Hedreen traces a widespread conception of the artist or poet as socially marginal, sometimes physically imperfect, but rhetorically clever, technically peerless, and a master of fiction. Bringing together in a sustained analysis the roots of subjectivity across media, this book offers a new way of studying the relationship between poetry and art in ancient Greece.

    • Proposes a new way of understanding pictorial style in Archaic and Early Classical Greek art as well as new interpretations of the poetry of Archilochos and Hipponax
    • Offers an alternative way of studying the relationship between poetry and pictorial art in ancient Greece
    • Underscores the importance of the symposium as the locus of inter-media or inter-arts exchange in ancient Greece
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    Awards

    • Winner, 2016 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

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    • Date Published: November 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107118256
    • dimensions: 261 x 186 x 22 mm
    • weight: 1.03kg
    • contains: 65 b/w illus. 25 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: 'I am Odysseus'
    1. Smikros and Euphronios: pictorial alter ego
    2. Archilochos, the fictional creator-protagonist, and Odysseus
    3. Hipponax and his make-believe artists
    4. Hephaistos in epic: analog of Odysseus and antithesis to Thersites
    5. Pictorial subjectivity and the Shield of Achilles on the François vase
    6. Frontality, self-reference, and social hierarchy: three Archaic vase-paintings
    7. Writing and invention in the vase-painting of Euphronios and his circle
    Epilogue: persuasion, deception, and artistry on a red-figure cup.

  • Author

    Guy Hedreen, Williams College, Massachusetts
    Guy Hedreen is Professor of Art at Williams College. He is author of Silens in Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painting: Myth and Performance (1992) and Capturing Troy: The Narrative Functions of Landscape in Archaic and Early Classical Greek Art (2001). He has also published essays on Dionysiac myth and ritual, choral poetry, drama, the Trojan War, primitive life, the worship of Achilles, and the nature of visual narration. His awards include the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Arlt Award for his first book.

    Awards

    • Winner, 2016 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

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