Gods and Heroes in Art

Gods and Heroes in Art

by Lucia Impelluso
     
 

ISBN-10: 0892367024

ISBN-13: 9780892367023

Pub. Date: 04/28/2003

Publisher: Getty Publications


As archetypes of human virtue and vice, the gods and heroes of ancient Greece and Rome have figured prominently in Western culture. In art, they have been portrayed time and time again, especially during the Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical periods.

Gods and Heroes in Art aims to help museum patrons and art lovers recognize the legendary

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As archetypes of human virtue and vice, the gods and heroes of ancient Greece and Rome have figured prominently in Western culture. In art, they have been portrayed time and time again, especially during the Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical periods.

Gods and Heroes in Art aims to help museum patrons and art lovers recognize the legendary characters of classical antiquity in art. The characters are each described in entries summarizing their distinctive stories, their special attributes, and the ways in which artists have depicted them. Each entry is richly illustrated with reproductions of works of art in which the god or hero is pictured, giving readers a chance to examine images of the character and to understand the work of art better.

The informative guide first surveys the pantheon of the Greco-Roman world, then focuses on characters from the Trojan War and The Odyssey. The next sections describe kings, philosophers, warriors, and other historical figures. The book concludes with useful indexes, including a list of iconographic symbols associated with the subjects, and a bibliography of essential resources.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892367023
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Series:
A Guide to Imagery Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
386
Sales rank:
1,409,966
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction6
Myths, Gods, and Heroes9
The Homeric Poems257
The Trojan Cycle258
The Odyssey281
Characters and History from Ancient Greece299
Characters and History from Ancient Rome323
Appendices376
Index of Names377
Sources378
Symbols and Attributes381
Index of Artists382
Photographic References384

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