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How to Read Greek Vases,9780300155235

How to Read Greek Vases

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ISBN13:

9780300155235

ISBN10:
0300155239
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/18/2011
Publisher(s):
Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Summary

How is it possible today to gain insight into the culture that flourished in ancient Greece over 2,500 years ago? Works of art are eloquent intermediaries. This generously illustrated volume provides an introduction to the painted pottery that served specific utilitarian functions and that afforded outstanding artists a medium for depicting their gods and heroes and the details of daily existence. The key to understanding the rich language of the Greek vase is tuning into the interrelation of its function, shape, technique, and subject matter. Notable examples from the Metropolitan Museum's exceptional collection reveal the variety and vitality of the refined forms and masterfully rendered scenes that characterize these engaging works of ancient Greek art.

Author Biography

Joan R. Mertens is Curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


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