Pots and Plays: Interactions Between Tragedy and Greek Vase-Painting of the Fourth Century B. C.

Pots and Plays: Interactions Between Tragedy and Greek Vase-Painting of the Fourth Century B. C.

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by Oliver Taplin
     
 


This interdisciplinary study opens up a fascinating interaction between art and theater. It shows how the mythological vase-paintings of fourth-century B.C. Greeks, especially those settled in southern Italy, are more meaningful for those who had seen the myths enacted in the popular new medium of tragedy. The pots do not, it is argued, show the plays as such, but…  See more details below

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This interdisciplinary study opens up a fascinating interaction between art and theater. It shows how the mythological vase-paintings of fourth-century B.C. Greeks, especially those settled in southern Italy, are more meaningful for those who had seen the myths enacted in the popular new medium of tragedy. The pots do not, it is argued, show the plays as such, but gain depth and complexity from recalling the tragic vision of particular stage-versions, including those of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and, above all, Euripides. Of some 300 relevant vases, 109 are reproduced and accompanied by a picture-by-picture discussion. Nearly half of these were discovered since 1970, and most have not been thoroughly discussed in relation to tragedy before. The vases are organized by playwright and by the tragedy invoked. Apart from its challenging ideas about the significance of Tragedy for the Greeks, this book supplies a rich and unprecedented resource from a neglected treasury of painting.

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 “In this beautifully illustrated and accessible work on vase paintings from South Italy, Taplin has made an important contribution to the hotly disputed point at which classics and art history intersect.”—Religious Studies Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892368075
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
09/14/2007
Series:
Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Oliver Taplin is professor emeritus of classics at the University of Oxford.

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