This fascinating new account of what happened in Greece from c.800 to 323 bc shows how sculptors and painters responded to the challenges they faced in the extremely formidable and ambitious world of the Greek city-state.
The numerous symbols and images employed by their eastern Mediterranean neighbours on the one hand, and the explorations of what it was to be human embodied in the narratives with which Greek poets worked on the other, helped produce therich diversity of forms apparent in Greek art. The drawings and sculptures of this period referred so intimately to the human form as to lead both ancient and modern theorists to talk in terms of the 'mimetic' role of art. The importance of what occurred still affects the way we see today. Ranging widely over the fields of sculpture, vase painting and the minor arts, this book provides a clear introduction to the art of archaic and classical Greece. By looking closely at the context in which and for which sculptures and paintings were produced, Robin Osborne demonstrates how artistic developments were both a product of, and contributed to, the intensely competitive life of the Greek city.
"...brilliantly illustrates the purpose of this new series by focusing on the social and political context of Greek art . . .
a different approach suggesting new perspectives and original connections . . . eye-opening and thought-provoking"
Professor Francois Lissarrague, Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
"...brings all that is best in the 'new' Classical art history to this exciting interpretation . . . No reader of Osborne's stimulating and engaging book will come away with their vision of Greek art unchanged"
Jeremy Tanner, Institute of Archaeology, University of London
Over de auteur:
Robin Osborne (1957) is an English historian of classical antiquity, who is particularly interested in Ancient Greece. From 1982 to 1986 Osborne worked at King's College, University of Cambridge. In 1986 he moved to Oxford University, before in 1989 being appointed a University Lecturer in Ancient History and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. In 2001 Osborne returned to Cambridge to take up the position of Professor of Ancient History and was appointed a Fellow of King's College. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in 2006. In the same year he was elected chair of the Council of University Classical Departments for a three-year term; in 2009 he was re-elected for a second and final term of office.
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