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In this book contemporary perspectives in the sociology of art are brought to bear on a series of fundamental questions in the history of Greek art. It is argued that artists sought to enhance their status and autonomy in the classical period by writing theoretical treatises and producing works of art intended for purely aesthetic contemplation. This ultimately gave rise to the practice of art history writing, and the development of art collecting. The Greeks, however, developed their own very specific ethos of connoisseurship.Read more
- Brings an innovative sociological perspective to bear on a series of central problems in the history of classical art
- Fully illustrated.
- Of interest to sociologists and students of comparative art, as well as classicists and art historians
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"Thoroughly interesting and stimulating...It will in any case further the discussion about role and status of art and artists in ancient Greece. The book is beautifully produced and illustrated."-- Bryn Mawr Classical Review
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- Date Published: April 2006
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521846141
- length: 348 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 178 x 21 mm
- weight: 0.82kg
- contains: 57 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: art and society in classical art history
2. Rethinking the Greek revolution: art and aura in an age of enchantment
3. Portraits and society in classical Greece
4. Culture, social structure and artistic agency in classical Greece
5. Reasonable ways of looking at pictures: high culture in Hellenistic Greece and the Roman empire
6. Epilogue: art after art history.
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