This interpretative work on Greek art during the Hellenistic period (323 B.C. to the first century B.C.) explores ways in which art is an expression of the cultural experience and aspirations of an age. It also strives to present a selective history of the formal development of Hellenistic art.
"...excellent overview of the art and temperament of the Hellenistic Age....The focus of this book is admirably wide-ranging....In the process of his skillful art historical analyses, Politt presents many astute and thought-provoking observations on and interpretations of the social history of this pivotal period in the development of western civilization." David W. Rupp, Classical Views
Acknowledgements; Preface; Maps; Introduction. Hellenistic art and the temperament of the Hellenistic age; Prologue. The phases of Hellenistic art; 1. Royal iconography; 2. Lysippos and his school; 3. Personality and psychology in portraiture; 4. The sculpture of Pergamon; 5. Hellenistic baroque; 6. Rococo, realism, and the exotic; 7. Rome as a center of Hellenistic art; 8. Style and retrospection: neoclassicism and archaism; 9. Pictorial illusion and narration; 10. Hellenistic mosaics; 11. Hellenistic architecture: theatrical and scholarly forms; 12. Alexandria and the Pharoah; Appendices: I. The chronology of Hellenistic sculpture; II. The ruler cult and its imagery; III. Aspects of royal patronage; IV. Bactria and India; V. The tomb at Belevi; Abbreviations; Bibliography; Notes; Sources of illustrations; Index.