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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0892366958, Paperback)Since antiquity, the achievements of the Greeks in art and architecture have elicited great admiration. From the Parthenon and the other temples on the Acropolis of Athens to the fabled palace of King Minos at Knossos on Crete to the walled city of Mycenae-home of the Trojan leader Agamemnon-Greek art and architecture continue to this day to fascinate visitors to Greece and influence Western aesthetics.
This informative handbook traces Greek art and architecture from the third millennium to the first century B.C. Belozerskaya and Lapatin relate the rich development of styles, techniques, and motifs to the history of this period. The culmination of these developments in architecture, sculpture, and vase painting in the fifth century B.C. is illustrated in such masterpieces as the temples at Paestum in Italy, the sculptures of the Parthenon, the bronze charioteer from Delphi, and works of the Attic black- and red-figure vase painters. Also included in the book is a discussion of the spread of Greek culture to southern Italy and Sicily and the influence of Greek artistic traditions on Roman art. With more than three hundred illustrations, this book will serve as an attractive guide for students, travelers, and all those interested in ancient Greek civilization.
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The ancient Greeks are widely considered the founders of Western civilization. To them we attribute such fundamental concepts as democracy, philosophy, theater, and athletics. This richly illustrated book traces their lasting contributions in the visual arts and places them in historical and cultural context. From the Minoans and Mycenaeans of the second millennium B.C. to the Athenians of the Golden Age of Perikles; from those who dwelled in small city-states to the inhabitants of the vast empires of Alexander the Great and his successors, who spread Greek culture far afield before they fell to the Romans, Greeks produced remarkable monuments of architecture, sculpture, and painting: majestic temples dedicated to the gods; life-like statues of bronze and marble; and painted pots renowned for their elegance. These were far more than works of art, however. They reflected - and projected - essential cultural values, whether they were intended for religious sanctuaries for aristocratic drinking parties, civic squares or tombs.
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