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Greek Sculpture


  • Date Published: January 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521756983

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  • Ancient Greek sculpture seems to have a timeless quality – provoking reactions that may range from awe to alienation. Yet it was a particular product of its age: and to know how and why it was once created is to embark upon an understanding of its 'Classic' status. In this richly illustrated and carefully written survey, encompassing works from c.700 BC to the end of antiquity, Nigel Spivey expounds not only the social function of Greek sculpture but also its aesthetic and technical achievement. Fresh approaches are reconciled with traditional modes of study as the connoisseurship of this art is sympathetically unravelled, while source material and historical narratives are woven into detailed explanations, putting the art into its proper context. Greek Sculpture is the ideal textbook for students of classics, classical civilisation, art history and archaeology – and an accessible account for all interested readers.

    • Source material is woven into explanations and historical narratives are summarised to help put the art in context
    • The scholarship of former scholars of Greek sculpture is explored, so that new approaches are reconciled with traditional modes of study
    • Takes the story from c.750 BC to modern times to present a view of 'Classical' art which encompasses both ancient and modern
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521756983
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 190 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.78kg
    • contains: 176 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. Introduction: the study of Greek sculpture
    2. 'The Greek revolution'
    3. Daedalus and the wings of Technê
    4. Anathêmata: gifts for the Gods
    5. Heroes apparent
    6. Temple stories
    7. In search of Pheidias
    8. Revealing Aphrodite
    9. Royal patronage
    10. Portraits and personifications
    11. Graecia Capta
    12. Afterlife.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Approaches to the Study of Greek and Roman Sculpture
    • Art History and Ancient Art
    • Art and Architecture of Ancient Greece
    • Art history
    • Art in the Ancient Mediterranean
    • Art of Greece & Rome
    • Greek and Roman Monuments
    • Western Humanities I
  • Author

    Nigel Spivey, University of Cambridge
    Nigel Spivey teaches Classical archaeology at the University of Cambridge, where he is also a Fellow of Emmanuel College. He has held scholarships at the British School at Rome and the University of Pisa and has also worked at the Australian National University and the Getty Research Institute. He has written widely about Greek, Etruscan and Roman art and presented several historical television documentaries, including the major BBC/PBS series How Art Made the World (2005).

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