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Greek Sculpture and the Problem of Description


  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107400504

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  • This book explores the role of description in the interpretation of ancient Greek statuary. Although scholars have emphasised the importance of separating objective evaluation of evidence from interpretation, in practice it has proved difficult to draw this distinction. Even at the level of observation and vocabulary, the scholarship on Greek sculpture has been moulded by concepts and convictions that impose particular interpretations on the material. This study examines the scholarship on a select number of well-known Greek statues from the eighteenth century through the present. The impact of the historical, cultural and intellectual contexts that produced this specialised scholarship is demonstrated through considerations of issues such as ethnicity, psychology, theories about artistic form, and evolving conceptions of nude and clothed figures.

    • Provides a wider historical, cultural and intellectual context for a specialized subject within classical archaeology
    • An interdisciplinary study that incorporates methods and ideas from history, ethnicity, psychology and intellectual history
    • Problematizes the goal of the 'empirical' study of sculpture, ultimately suggesting important methodological innovations in classical archaeology
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    '… published and illustrated to Cambridge University Press's usual high standard … Dr Donohue does a service in refreshing our approach to ancient sculpture …' Art Newspaper

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107400504
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 175 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 43 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The problem of archeological description
    2. Nikandre's dedication and the description of early Greek statuary
    3. The analysis of the clothed female form.

  • Author

    A. A. Donohue, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
    A. A. Donohue is Rhys Carpenter Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College.

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