9780192842374

Classical Art From Greece to Rome

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  • ISBN13:

    9780192842374

  • ISBN10:

    0192842374

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/19/2001
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

The stunning masterpieces of Ancient Greece and Rome are fundamental to the story of art in Western culture and to the origins of art history. The expanding Greek world of Alexander the Great had an enormous impact on the Mediterranean superpower of Rome. Generals, rulers, and artists seized, imitated, and re-thought the stunning legacy of Greek painting and sculpture, culminating in the greatest art-collector the world had ever seen: the Roman emperor Hadrian. This exciting new look at Classical art starts with the excavation of the buried city of Pompeii, and investigates the grandiose monuments of ancient tyrants, and the sensual beauty of Apollo and Venus. Concluding with that most influential invention of all, the human portrait, it highlights the re-discovery of Classical art in the modern world, from the treasure hunts of Renaissance Rome to scientific retrieval of artworks in the twenty-first century.

Author Biography


Mary Beard and John Henderson both teach Classics at the University of Cambridge. Mary Beard is a fellow of Newnham College, and John Henderson is a fellow of King's College, Cambridge.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(10)
Painting Antiquity: Rediscovering Art
11(54)
Moving Statues: Art in the Age of Imitation
65(42)
Sensuality, Sexuality, and the Love of Art
107(40)
Sizing up Power: Masters of Art
147(58)
Facing up to Antiquity: Art to the Life
205(33)
Notes 238(3)
Maps and Plans 241(19)
Timeline 260(8)
Further Reading 268(12)
Museums and Websites 280(2)
List of Illustrations 282(13)
Index 295

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