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Since antiquity, the period from 480 to 323 BC in Greece has been considered to be the high point, the Classical era, of Hellenic culture. At that time, the values and customs of ancient Greece received an especially lucid expression in the visual arts. In this new overview, the political, social, and religious functions of Greek art are given fresh life, with chapters focusing on issues such as the relationship between visual narrative and history; the role of artistic style in the construction of meaning; and how personal and communal identity was carried by the imagery on intricately decorated pottery and jewelry, naturalistic wall-paintings, and public buildings across the Greek world. Using the Parthenon as a paradigm monument, Mark Fullerton examines the principles of classical sculpture, architecture, and painting to explore all phases of Greek art from its birth around 900 BC to its incorporation into the art of the Roman Empire. Combining the latest archaeological discoveries with new scholarly methods, Fullerton presents a history of Greek art and the idea of the classical through a range of media and materials, including Archaic statues from the Aegean islands, the gold and ivory of Macedonia, to the great Hellenistic monuments of the Greek east. Mark D. Fullerton is Professor and Chairperson in the Department of History of Art at the Ohio State University. His research centers on Roman, Greek, and Hellenistic sculpture and he has published work on Roman art.Read more
- The book focuses on the central role of the Classical in defining Greek art overall
- It is structured to present Greek art thematically, but themes are arranged in such a way as to give a chronological overview as well
- It focuses also on the ways in which our understanding of Greek art has been 'constructed' by those who sought to revive, imitate, or even understand Classical Greece in later times
- Clear, well-written text
- Lavishly illustrated with many colour plates
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"Using the Parthenon as a paradigm monument, the author analyzes the art produced in Greece during the Classical ers, providing fresh insight into the social, religious, and political dimensions of Greek art. Original." Paper ClipsSee more reviews
"Although titles Greek Art, this is really one of the most engaging and perceptive books recently written on the Parthenon... a thoroughly wonderful book." Religious Studies Review
"this is really one of the most engaging and perceptive books recently written on the Parthenon...a throroughly wonderful book" Religious Stugies Review Oct 2001
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- Date Published: September 1999
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521779739
- length: 176 pages
- dimensions: 236 x 166 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.475kg
- contains: 40 b/w illus. 80 colour illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2014
Table of Contents
Introduction: concepts of the classical
1. Art and the polis
2. Greeks and others
3. Myth, history, and narrative.
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- Art of Classical Antiquity
- Greek and Roman Art & Architecture
- Honors Ancient Greece
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