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Greek Myth and Western Art
The Presence of the Past


  • Date Published: January 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107013322

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  • Greek myth has played an unparalleled role in the formation of Western visual traditions, for which it has provided a nearly inexhaustible source of forms, symbols and narratives. This richly illustrated book examines the legacy of Greek mythology in Western art from the classical era to the present. It reveals the range and variety with which individual Greek myths, motifs and characters have been treated throughout the history of the visual arts in the West. Tracing the emergence, survival and transformation of key mythological figures and motifs from ancient Greece through the modern era, it explores the enduring importance of such myths for artists and viewers in their own time and over the millennia that followed.

    • Contains over 100 illustrations, tracing the evolution of Greek myth over three millennia
    • Includes a glossary of Greek and Latin characters in Classical myth
    • Provides a thematic bibliography for further reading
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107013322
    • length: 337 pages
    • dimensions: 261 x 185 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • contains: 75 b/w illus. 32 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The nature and origins of Greek myth
    2. Survival and revival: the motives for and means of myth transmission
    3. Form and fashion of myth in art: image and imagination
    4. Iconography and iconology: the metamorphosis of Greek myth.

  • Author

    Karl Kilinski II, Southern Methodist University, Texas
    Karl Kilinski II was the University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Art History at the Southern Methodist University. He received grants from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ford Foundation. He was the author of Boetian Black Figure Vase Painting of the Archaic Period (1990) and The Flight of Icarus through Western Art (2002) and served as a guest curator for several exhibitions at the Kimbell Art Museum and SMU's Meadows Museum.

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