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Greek Sculpture

ISBN: 978-1-4443-3979-6
384 pages
May 2016, Wiley-Blackwell
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Greek Sculpture presents a chronological overview of the plastic and glyptic art forms in the ancient Greek world from the emergence of life-sized marble statuary at the end of the seventh century BC to the appropriation of Greek sculptural traditions by Rome in the first two centuries AD.

  • Compares the evolution of Greek sculpture over the centuries to works of contemporaneous Mediterranean civilizations
  • Emphasizes looking closely at the stylistic features of Greek sculpture, illustrating these observations where possible with original works rather than copies
  • Places the remarkable progress of stylistic changes that took place in Greek sculpture within a broader social and historical context
  • Facilitates an understanding of why Greek monuments look the way they do and what ideas they were capable of expressing
  • Focuses on the most recent interpretations of Greek sculptural works while considering the fragile and fragmentary evidence uncovered
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Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1 – Beginnings and Before: Greek Sculpture in the Iron Age (ca.1000-600)

BOX - Uses of Sculpture in Ancient Greece

CHAPTER 2 - The Search for Order: Sculptural Schemata and Regional Styles (ca. 600-550)

BOX - Marble, the Monumental, and Egypt: Materials and Processes

CHAPTER 3. Free-Standing Sculpture in the Later Sixth Century: Style and Penhellenism (ca. 550-500):

BOX - Chronology and Herodotus

CHAPTER 4. Sixth Century Architectural Sculpture

BOX - The Greek Architectural Orders and Vitruvius

CHAPTER 5. The Change to Classical: Democratic Athens and the Persian Conflict (ca. 500-460)

BOX - Bronze Casting Techniques – “Copies and Originals”

CHAPTER 6. The Temple of Zeus at Olympia: Panhellenism and the Early Classical (ca. 470-450)

BOX - Literary Sources I – Pausanias

CHAPTER 7. Classical Moment I: The Parthenon, Pericles, and the Power of Persuasion (ca. 450-430)

BOX - The Parthenon Marbles and the Acropolis Museum

CHAPTER 8. Classical Moment II: Sculptors and Statuary in the Mid-Fifth Century

BOX - Literary Sources II – Ancient Art Histories

CHAPTER 9. Unfinished Business: Pericles’ Programs and the Archidamian War (ca. 430-420)

BOX - The Evidence of Inscriptions

CHAPTER 10. An Attic Tragedy: The Fall of Athens and The Transition to Late Classical (ca. 420-390)

BOX - Painting and Perceptualism

CHAPTER 11. Idealism and Individuality I: Late Classical Architectural Sculpture

(ca. 390-330)

BOX - Itinerant Artists and Regional Schools

CHAPTER 12. Idealism and Individuality II: Late Classical Statuary and Relief Sculpture (ca. 390-330)

BOX - The Role of the Sculptor

CHAPTER 13. Sculpture in Hellenistic Greece I: The Rise of Macedon and the Kingdoms of the Diadochs (ca. 330-200)

BOX - The Nike of Samothrace and Hellenistic Chronology

CHAPTER 14. Sculpture in Hellenistic Greece II: Greek Styles and Roman Taste (ca. 200-50)

BOX - Ars revixit, Hellenistic Classicism, and Roman Patronage

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