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How To Read Greek Vases

Author : Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN : 9781588394040
Genre : Vase-painting, Greek
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This handsomely illustrated volume is aimed at giving a broad audience deeper insight into the extensive collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum is famed for its Greek vases, of which 35 notable examples are detailed in this book. They reveal the variety and vitality of the refined forms and masterfully rendered scenes that characterize these works. And they demonstrate the interrelation of function, shape, technique, and subject matter that is key to understanding the rich language of Greek vases. The introduction provides valuable background information, and the entries delve into the features of each vase, incorporating brilliant color illustrations and many arresting details. Greek vases served specific utilitarian functions, and they also afforded outstanding artists, some of whom signed their work, a medium for depicting both the details of daily existence and aspects of their gods, goddesses, and heroes. We see the garments, implements, athletic competitions, and marriages and funerary rituals of Greeks who lived from the seventh through the fourth century B.C.. We also see their mythological figures and stories. The exceptional group of works assembled in this volume conveys the extent to which the culture of ancient Greece is still apparent today. This book is sure to inspire closer scrutiny of these remarkable works of art, which have survived for over two millennia to offer viewers an enlightening look into the ancient heritage of the Western world. -- from inside Front Cover.

Reading Greek Vases

Author : Ann Steiner
ISBN : 0521825229
Genre : Art
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Repetition and symmetry are the fundamental aesthetic principles underlying the shape and decoration of ancient Athenian vases. This book is the first comprehensive study of the role of repetition beyond its aesthetic value, and as part of a code that conveys meaning to the viewer. Relying on the theoretical background provided through information theory and narratology, Ann Steiner uncovers the different kinds of meaning that painters created through the use of repetition. Using the reading of painted verbal inscriptions as a springboard, she demonstrates how repetition of imagery in multiple fields of a vase can create narration, paradigm, exploration of perceptual and ideological point of view, and parody. Steiner shows how the results of repetition on Archaic Athenian vases reiterate the activities of the elite symposion and the broader cultural values of the elite Athenians. She provides an entirely new way to read ancient Athenian vases.

Looking At Greek Vases

Author : Tom Rasmussen
ISBN : 0521376793
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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This is a collection of essays by distinguished scholars that will introduce the student or museum-goer to the study of Greek vases. Although the book is roughly chronological in arrangement--beginning with the appearance of human figures on Geometric vases, and ending with their virtual disappearance from Hellenistic pottery--it is not a history of Greek vase painting, or a handbook. It offers instead a series of suggestions on how to read the often complex images presented by Greek vases, and also explains how the vases were made and distributed. The volume is fully illustrated throughout.

Understanding Greek Vases

Author : Andrew J. Clark
ISBN : 0892365994
Genre : Art
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What is a pyxis? Who was the Amasis Painter? How did Greek vases get their distinctive black and orange colors? This richly illustrated book--the latest in the popular Looking At series--offers definitions and descriptions of these and many other Greek vase shapes, painters, and techniques encountered in museum exhibitions and publications on ancient Greek ceramics. Included is an essay on how to look at Greek vases and another on the conservation of ancient ceramics. These essays provide succinct explanations of the terms most frequently encountered by museum-goers. The concise definitions are divided into two sections, one on potters and painters and another on vase shapes and technical terms relating to the construction and decoration of the vases. Featuring numerous color illustrations of Greek vases, many from the Getty Museum's collection, Understanding Greek Vases is an indispensable guide for anyone wishing to obtain a greater understanding and enjoyment of Greek ceramics.

Greek Vases

Author : Clemente Marconi
ISBN : 9789004138025
Genre : Social Science
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This volume, which represents the Proceedings of an international conference sponsered by the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean at Columbia University, deals with Greek painted vases, and explores them from various methodological points of view.

Greek Vases In The J Paul Getty Museum

Author : The J. Paul Getty Museum
ISBN : 9780892365616
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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This is the sixth in a series that documents the vast collection of Greek vases in the Getty Museum. Eight essay--in English, German, and Italian--shed light on a number of objects from the Museum's fine collection. Included are the identification of a new Corinthian painter by C.W. Neeft; the publication of three Caeretan hydriai by J.M. Hemelrijk; and the reconstruction of an important early krater by the Berlin painter discussed by Mary B. Moore. Also included is a discussion of a parody of a phylax comedy on a South Italian vase by Anneliese Kossatz-Deissmann, as well as essays by Petra Reichert-Sudbeck, Glann Markoe, Flavia Zisa, and Ruth Lindner.


Author : Herbert Hoffmann
ISBN : 019815061X
Genre : Art
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Dr Hoffman argues that there is an underlying unity of meaning in Greek vases and their imagery, rooted in the religious beliefs and ritual practices of the society from which they spring.

Greek Vase Painting And The Origins Of Visual Humour

Author : Alexandre G. Mitchell
ISBN : 9780521513708
Genre : Art
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In this enjoyable study Alexandre Mitchell uses sixth to fourth century vase painting to explore visual humour in Ancient Greece. He examines humourous scenes thematically looking at men, women and the everyday, at animals in humourous situations, at humourous interpretations of mythology and the comic potential of the satyr, and at caricatures, exploring what they reveal about Greek society and attitudes, and how they contributed to reinforcing social cohesion. The focus of the study is on Athens and Boetia, and the development of visual, satirical humour in this fashion is clearly linked to the development of Athenian democracy.

Hermeneutik Der Bilder

Author : Stefan Schmidt
ISBN : 3406593216
Genre : Corpus vasorum antiquorum
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Greek Vases

Author : Fran├žois Lissarrague
ISBN : 1878351575
Genre : Art
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Lissargue (author and director of studies, l'Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences socials in Paris) has divided the vases by subject--dining, love, athletes, warriors, heroes, men and gods, Hercules, the Athenians' mythic identity, and Dionysus--and writes at length about each scene chosen. The plates are in color and of high quality, with many details, but the text is substantial as well, providing detailed discussion of what we see in the images and the aspects of Greek life and myth they display. c. Book News Inc.

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