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Classical Art: From Greece to Rome

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The stunning masterpieces of Ancient Greece and Rome are fundamental to the story of art in Western culture and to the origins of art history. The expanding Greek world of Alexander the Great had an enormous impact on the Mediterranean superpower of Rome. Generals, rulers, and artists seized, imitated, and re-thought the stunning legacy of Greek painting and sculpture, culminating in the greatest art-collector the world had ever seen: the Roman emperor Hadrian.

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Overview


The stunning masterpieces of Ancient Greece and Rome are fundamental to the story of art in Western culture and to the origins of art history. The expanding Greek world of Alexander the Great had an enormous impact on the Mediterranean superpower of Rome. Generals, rulers, and artists seized, imitated, and re-thought the stunning legacy of Greek painting and sculpture, culminating in the greatest art-collector the world had ever seen: the Roman emperor Hadrian.

This exciting new look at Classical art starts with the excavation of the buried city of Pompeii, and investigates the grandiose monuments of ancient tyrants, and the sensual beauty of Apollo and Venus. Concluding with that most influential invention of all, the human portrait, it highlights the re-discovery of Classical art in the modern world, from the treasure hunts of Renaissance Rome to scientific retrieval of artworks in the twenty-first century.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is no conventional book on Classical Art, but a critique of Greek art through Roman eyes, analyzing the complexity of the Romans' reception of Greek pictorial and sculptural 'masterpieces,' most of which are only known today through their Roman versions."--Richard Brilliant, Columbia University

"Innovative, challenging, and never dull, this is a bracing departure from the norm. Readers will welcome its strong thesis and trenchant refusal to take received wisdom on trust."--Andrew Stewart, University of California, Berkeley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192842374
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: Oxford History of Art Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 393,042
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Beard and John Henderson both teach Classics at the University of Cambridge. Mary Beard is a fellow of Newnham College, and John Henderson is a fellow of King's College, Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Painting Antiquity: Rediscovering Art
Chapter 2: Moving Statues: Art in the Age of Imitation
Chapter 3: Sensuality, Sexuality, and the Love of Art
Chapter 4: Sizing up Power: Masters of Art
Chapter 5: Facing up to Antiquity: Art to the Life
Notes
Maps and Plans
Timeline
Further Reading
Museums and Websites
List of Illustrations
Index
Introduction
1. Painting Antiquity: Rediscovering Art
2. Moving Statues: Art in the Age of Imitation
3. Sensuality, Sexuality, and the Love of Art
4. Sizing up Power: Masters of Art
5. Facing up to Antiquity: Art to the Life
Notes
Timeline
Bibliographic Essay
Museums and Websites
List of Illustrations
Maps and Plans
Index

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