An Introduction to Greek Art: Sculpture and Vase Painting in the Archaic and Classical Periods

Author:   Susan Woodford (Independent scholar)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
ISBN:  

9781472523648


Pages:   224
Publication Date:   26 February 2015
Format:   Paperback
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An Introduction to Greek Art: Sculpture and Vase Painting in the Archaic and Classical Periods


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The four centuries between the composition of the Homeric epics and the conquests of Alexander the Great witnessed an immensely creative period in Greek art, one full of experimentation and innovation. But time has taken its toll; damaged statues have lost their colour and wall paintings have been totally destroyed. And yet sympathetic study of surviving sculpture and of drawing on vases can give extraordinary insight into and appreciation of these once brilliant works This book, designed originally for students, introduces the reader to Greek sculpture and vase painting in the critical period from the eighth to the fourth centuries BC. The works discussed are generously illustrated and lucidly analysed to give a vivid picture of the splendor of Greek art. The up-dated second edition includes a new chapter examining art in Greek society, a timeline to help relate artistic development to historical events, an explanation of how dates BC are arrived at, a brief overview of Greek temple plans and a further reading list of recent books. This clear, approachable and rigorous introduction makes the beauty of Greek art more readily accessible and comprehensible, balancing description with interpretation and illustration, and is an invaluable tool to help develop insight, appreciation and comprehension.

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Author:   Susan Woodford (Independent scholar)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Width: 18.90cm , Height: 1.80cm , Length: 24.60cm
Weight:   0.701kg
ISBN:  

9781472523648


ISBN 10:   1472523644
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   26 February 2015
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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The joy and vivid expression of Woodford's analyses of key pieces is delightful to read and the pace and style captivate the reader. -- Jack Martin Balcer, Religious Studies Review Susan Woodford is a good communicator, careful to explain terms and concepts that could be baffling, sympathetic and lively in her descriptions and commentary and, above all, accurate. -- Sir John Boardman, British Book News Informative and insightful . a supremely enjoyable guided tour around these wonderful works of art, and . a rewarding education in how to see them for ourselves. -- James Morwood, Wadham College, Oxford, UK


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Susan Woodford is an independent scholar who has written five other books for the general reader: The Parthenon (1981), The Art of Greece and Rome (2004), Looking at Pictures and Images of Myths in Classical Antiquity (2002, winner of the Criticos Prize 2003), and The Trojan War in Ancient Art (Bloomsbury Academic, 1993).

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