The Art of Ancient Greek Theater

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The Art of Ancient Greek Theater considers the vibrant imprint that ancient Greek tragedy and comedy left on the visual arts of classical Greece. Theatrical performance as we know it originated in the mid-sixth century B.C. with choral dances held in honor of Dionysos, the Greek god of wine and patron of the theater. The great tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, as well as the comedies of Aristophanes and Menander are preserved as some of the world’s most renowned literature and have formed the ...

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Overview

The Art of Ancient Greek Theater considers the vibrant imprint that ancient Greek tragedy and comedy left on the visual arts of classical Greece. Theatrical performance as we know it originated in the mid-sixth century B.C. with choral dances held in honor of Dionysos, the Greek god of wine and patron of the theater. The great tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, as well as the comedies of Aristophanes and Menander are preserved as some of the world’s most renowned literature and have formed the basis for theater performance as it is still practiced. Beyond being popular in their day, these plays inspired an array of lively paintings and sculpture, and those works represent, in some cases, the only evidence we have of some of the plays from ancient Greece.

Over ninety of these objects—pottery vases, sculpture, reliefs, and masks—from museums across Europe and the United States are featured in this book. The nine insightful essays and over 130 illustrations reveal the Greek origins of theater and their multifaceted expression in the visual arts.

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Theater is ephemeral; when the performance ends, it is gone, especially before the advent of photography and cinema. However, ancient Greek performances do live on in terra-cotta and stone. Hart (assoc. curator, dept. of antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum) collects nine signed essays by curators, professors, researchers, and conservators to highlight the 92 objects in the Art of the Ancient Greek Theater international exhibit and to place ancient Greek theater in the context of classical art, architecture, and acting. The high-quality images are not limited to pottery and statuary; photographs and computerized reconstructions of theaters themselves are included. Each signed catalog entry includes description, location, and analysis of the object; a quarter- to full-page illustration; provenance; materials; and a bibliography. An index and reference list complete the scholarly apparatus. Although written by a variety of authors, the text is clear, jargon free, and easy to read. VERDICT This book is recommended for undergraduate and postgraduate theater and art history students and faculty as well as interested general readers.—Nancy J. Mactague, Aurora Univ. Lib., IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606060377
  • Publisher: Getty Publications
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Louise Hart is associate curator in the Department of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum and coauthor of Understanding Greek Vases: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques (Getty Publications, 2002).

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