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Ancient Art and its Historiography

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A. A. Donohue, Julia Assante, Jacob Isager, Kenneth Lapatin, Mark D. Fullerton, Mireille M. Lee, Mary Beard, Joanne Monteagle Stearns
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  • Date Published: August 2003
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2008
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521815673

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  • This book explores the historiography of ancient Near Eastern and Classical art by examining the social, intellectual and institutional contexts that have influenced the way that the history of ancient art is written. It demonstrates how the study and interpretation of ancient art reflect contemporary ideas and practices from the Renaissance to the present. Among the subjects considered are the classical tradition in the post-antique West; the emergence of academic disciplines; the role of museums in the evaluation of ancient art; and issues of race, gender and cultural authority in the interpretation of ancient civilizations.

    • Brings together essays treating a range of issues in the historiography of ancient art
    • Provides an overview of directions in a field in which interest is growing
    • Demonstrates the close relationship between historiographic issues and art-historical praxis
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    Review of the hardback: '… a readable and provocative reflection on the subject, of interest to any art historian.' The Burlington Magazine

    Review of the hardback: '… this is a stimulating and thought-provoking collection which will be of interest both to scholars of ancient art and to those interested in the reception and uses of the ancient world from antiquity to the present day.' Journal of Hellenic Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521815673
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 160 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.544kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2008
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction A. A. Donohue
    2. From whore to Hierodules: the historiographic invention of Mesopotamian female sex professionals Julia Assante
    3. Humanissima ars: evaluation and devaluation in Pliny, Vasari, and Baden Jacob Isager
    4. The fate of plate and other precious materials: towards a historiography of ancient Greek minor arts Kenneth Lapatin
    5. 'Der stil der nachahmer': a brief historiography of stylistic retrospection Mark D. Fullerton
    6. The Peplos and the Dorian Question Mireille M. Lee
    7. Mrs Arthur Strong, Morelli, and the Troopers of Cortés Mary Beard
    8. Jargon, authenticity, and the nature of cultural history writing: Not Out of Africa and the Black Athena debate Joanne Monteagle Stearns.

  • Editors

    A. A. Donohue, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania

    Mark D. Fullerton, Ohio State University


    A. A. Donohue, Julia Assante, Jacob Isager, Kenneth Lapatin, Mark D. Fullerton, Mireille M. Lee, Mary Beard, Joanne Monteagle Stearns

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