The Oxford History of Classical ArtBook - 1993
The art and architecture of Greece and Rome lie at the heart of the classical tradition of the western world. Their legacy is so familiar as to have become commonplace, yet despite appearing straightforward, the development of classical art in antiquity was complex and remarkably swift. It ranfrom near abstraction in eighth-century BC Greece, through years of observation and learning from the arts of the non-Greek world to the east and in Egypt, to the brilliance of the classical revolution of the fifth century, which revealed attitudes and styles undreamt of by other cultures. AfterAlexander the Great this became the art of an empire, readily learned by Rome and further developed according to the Romans' special character and needs, until it provided the idiom for the imaging of Christianity. Here, five leading scholars tell the story of this pageant of the arts over some 1500 years, through a rich succession of illustrations on to which the narrative is woven. They demonstrate how the arts served very different societies and patrons - tyrannies, democracies, empires; the roles andobjectives of the artists; the way in which the classical style was disseminated far beyond the borders of the Greek and Roman world; but especially the splendour and quality of the arts themselves.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1993.
Branch Call Number: 709.38 Oxf 3701 1
Characteristics: ix, 406 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm.
Alternative Title: Classical art
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