Aegean Art and Architecture

Aegean Art and Architecture

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Aegean Art and Architecture

This is the first comprehensive introduction to the art and architecture of mainland Greece, Crete, and the Cycladic Islands from 3300 to 1000 BCE. Ancient Aegean culture has a particularly important place within European history and art history because of its profound links to the origins of European civilization.

Paintings, pottery, objects made from gold, silver, and ivory, carved reliefs, textiles, and architecture, are all fully illustrated and discussed. The authors reveal the many different functions that this vast range of arts and artifacts served within the cultural and social context of the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East.

Combining the latest research and critical approaches with an up-to-date historiography this book gives readers a clear understanding of Ancient Aegean visual arts and of our changing interpretations of this extraordinary era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192842084
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Series: Oxford History of Art Series
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Aegean Art and Architecture
The environment; Discovering the Aegean World; Art and art history; Objectives; Organization.
2. The Neolithic Period and the Prepalatial Early Bronze Age
Settlements; Burial practices.
3. The First Palace Period
Middle Bronze Age palaces and villas; The vernacular tradition in Greece and Crete; Ritual practices; Summary.
4. The Second Palace Period
Public art, private art, and the palatial architectural style; The Second Palaces: Knossos, Phaistos, Gournia, and Kato Zakro; Minoan villas: function and design; The terminology and typology of Minoan palatial buildings; The Minoan and Mycenaean spheres of influence; Religious practices; Burial practices.
5. Mycenaean Domination and the Minoan Tradition
The Mycenaean palace at Pylos; The Mycenaean palace at Knossos; Haghia Triadha and Kommos; The continuation of Minoan building techniques in the Third Palace Period; Burial practices; The Mycenaean shrine at Phylakopi; The circuit walls at Mycenae and Tiryns.
6. Conclusion: Disruptions, (Dis)Continuities, and the Bronze Age
The eastward migration of Aegean traditions; The international style; Cyprus, Palestine, and the Peoples of the Sea; Tradition and transformation; What goes around comes around: Daedalus returns to Crete.
Notes; List of Illustrations; Bibliographic Essay; Timeline; Index

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