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Distorted Ideals in Greek Vase-Painting: The World of Mythological Burlesque
     

Distorted Ideals in Greek Vase-Painting: The World of Mythological Burlesque

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by David Walsh
 

ISBN-10: 052189641X

ISBN-13: 9780521896412

Pub. Date: 09/22/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book examines Greek vase-paintings that depict humorous, burlesque, and irreverent images of Greek mythology and the gods. Many of the images present the gods and heroes as ridiculous and ugly. While the narrative content of some images may appear to be trivial, others address issues that are deeply serious. When placed against the background of the religious

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This book examines Greek vase-paintings that depict humorous, burlesque, and irreverent images of Greek mythology and the gods. Many of the images present the gods and heroes as ridiculous and ugly. While the narrative content of some images may appear to be trivial, others address issues that are deeply serious. When placed against the background of the religious beliefs and social frameworks from which they spring, these images allow us to explore questions relating to their meaning in particular communities. Throughout, we see indications that Greek vase-painters developed their own comedic narratives and visual jokes. The images enhance our understanding of Greek society in just the same way as their more sober siblings in "serious" art. David Walsh is a Visiting Research Scholar in the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures at The University of Manchester.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521896412
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/22/2008
Pages:
450
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The dramatic, artistic, religious and social context of humour; 3. Strange beginnings; 4. Violating the sanctuary; 5. Ridiculing the gods; 6. Subverting the hero; 7. Distorted bodies; do the 'uglies' have the last laugh?; 8. Distribution: being in with the 'in-crowd'; 9. Final reflections: the world reversed.

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