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In combining evidence from art and poetry, Graham Zanker examines how people viewed and experienced art and how they constructed mental images, asking what one can tell us about the other. Taking the period from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC to 30 BC, Zanker asks how audiences read imagery, to what extent they were supposed to fill in the gaps of knowledge about subject matter and significance, and whether poetic descriptions of how contemporaries read works of art should dictate our reconstruction of modes of viewing. In studying artistic and poetic strategies, he concludes that artists 'trained the eyes of the poets' and 'opened them to unprecedented possibilities and effects in viewing and imaging'.
About the Author
Graham Zanker is professor of Classics at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He is the author of The Heart of Achilles and Realism in Alexandrian Poetry.
Table of Contents
|1.||Aims, Approaches, and Samples||3|
|2.||Full Presentation of the Image||27|
|3.||Reader or Viewer Supplementation||72|
|4.||Reader or Viewer Integration||103|
|5.||An Eye for the New: Poetic Genres, Iconographical Traditions||124|
|6.||Viewing Pleasure and Pain||144|