A Companion to Greek Art by Tyler Jo Smith and Dimitris Plantzos

By Tyler Jo Smith and Dimitris Plantzos

A accomplished, authoritative account of the improvement Greek paintings in the course of the 1st millennium BC.
An precious source for students facing the artwork, fabric tradition and background of the post-classical world
Includes voices from such various fields as paintings historical past, classical reviews, and archaeology and provides a variety of perspectives to the topic
Features an leading edge crew of chapters facing the reception of Greek paintings from the center a long time to the present
Includes chapters on Chronology and Topography, in addition to Workshops and Technology
Includes 4 significant sections: types, instances and areas Contacts and Colonies pictures and Meanings Greek paintings: historical to vintage

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C. 3. © The Trustees of the British Museum). 5 BC The function and context of ancient objects and monuments are crucial elements in the story of Greek art, and they place our subject on firm archaeological footing. The Greeks made little if any ‘art for art’s sake’. Even their most profound and aesthetically pleasing examples served a utilitarian purpose. Sanctuaries have produced abundant material remains, in some instances resulting from years of excavation. It is also worth noting that at many locations around the Greek world, evidence of the ancient built environment has been (more or less) visible, above ground, since antiquity.

And how much of it is ‘art’? For the Greeks, ‘art’ (techne) was craft and artists (demiourgoi) were by and large thought of as artisans: good with their hands and not much else (though famous ones, like Pheidias, came to be respected for their political power and the money that it made them). As many of the contributors to this publication explain (chiefly in Chapters 31–35 and 37), much of what we appreciate as ‘Greek art’ today, or have done so in the past, has been elaborated, embellished, and reinvented.

3. © The Trustees of the British Museum). 5 BC The function and context of ancient objects and monuments are crucial elements in the story of Greek art, and they place our subject on firm archaeological footing. The Greeks made little if any ‘art for art’s sake’. Even their most profound and aesthetically pleasing examples served a utilitarian purpose. Sanctuaries have produced abundant material remains, in some instances resulting from years of excavation. It is also worth noting that at many locations around the Greek world, evidence of the ancient built environment has been (more or less) visible, above ground, since antiquity.

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