The Oxford History of Classical Art

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The Oxford History of Classical Art

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Lying at the heart of the Western classical tradition, the rich legacy of the arts of ancient Greece and Rome continues to provide inspiration and guidance to artists and art lovers everywhere. Lavishly illustrated and masterfully prepared under the editorship of John Boardman, one of the world's preeminent classicists, The Oxford History of Classical Art offers readers the definitive companion to the artistic and architectural achievements of the Greco-Roman world, from the rise of the Greek city-states to the fall of the Roman Empire.
Written by Boardman and a team of distinguished experts, this sumptuous volume presents the full pageantry and glory of the classical world, tracing the origins and evolution of classical art as it gradually moved from the art of individuals and small communities to the art of a world power. Particular attention is paid throughout to the splendor and quality of the arts themselves, aptly represented in 528 stunningly beautiful black and white and full-color plates. From the stiffly representational style of early antiquity and the oriental influence of Egypt and Mesopotamia to the full flowering of the Greece's Golden Age, text and illustrations work together to enhance our appreciation of the fascinating process through which humanity itself became the central focus of art, and artists and artisans sought for the first time not just to imitate the natural world, but to actually improve on nature through perfection of form and composition.
Turning to Rome, the contributors dramatically illustrate that Roman art was far more than a mere pastiche of Greek influences. They take an in-depth look at the Romans' profound contributions to architecture, as they used their technical progress with arch, vault, and the use of brick and concrete, to create new attitudes to the use of space and light and principles of design which went far beyond the more limited ambitions of the Greek world.
Destined to become the definitive sourcebook in its field, The Oxford History of Classical Art is indispensable for anyone intrigued by the timeless heritage of the ancient world, as well as for artists and students of art and art history.

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John Boardman is the Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaelogy and Art at Oxford University, as well as the editor of the acclaimed Oxford History of The Classical World, which The New York Times Book Review called "the finest one-volume survey available."

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`this volume stands easily on its own as a comprehensive survey of Classical Art over some 1,500 years. Through well-chosen and well-illustrated examples, it examines the origins and subsequent development of Classical Art through both Greek and Roman empires.' The Art Book Review

'Each epoc gets a scholarly outline backed by lovely photographs and useful notes. Classical coffee-table.' Ruth Padel, The Times

'This sumptuous volume, with twenty-eight colour plates and over 400 black and white photographs, presents the reader with an authoritative version of classical art in seven chapters. The contributors are among the most distinguished experts on their themes ... The value of this book is that at last we have a one-volume academically reliable and up-to-date account of all classical art - something undergraduate students have for years been crying out for.' John Elsner, London University, Burlington Magazine, June '94

'This is a beautifully presented and profusely illustrated work, which covers the broad spectrum of both greek and Roman art. The organisation of the book is both interesting and eminently sensible, given the vast field which it attempts to survey...a pleasure for the non-specialist to read...The editor and his team of contributors are to be congratulated on having produced such an authoritative, clearly-written and well-illustrated book, which is a valuable work of reference. It is comprehensive, and although the timespan covered is immense, it very successfully avoids the pitfalls of superficiality which have sometimes tended to detract from the quality of other works of this nature. A fine achievement indeed.' Richard Harrison, The Greek Gazette, March 1994

'One book which will be very velcome for its accessibility is The Oxford History of Classical Art This volume will surely become a basic book for introducing novices to the art of classical antiquity. This is a sympathetic study that deserves wide circulation. The present work is wide-ranging, not only geographically but also in the aspects of water management she treats and in the areas of life that she sees it affecting. Such a general book as Salway's is buttressed by that 'discovery and research', and the minutiae of data-collection and interpretaiton are well exemplified by the recent work on inscriptions.' Greece and Rome

`this large paperback is an excellent introduction both to Greek and Roman art' Brian Fallon, The Irish Times (Dublin)

`Oxford's extremely ambitious History of Art series, . . . seriously global in scope and aim at offering a novel slant and a high academic standard of authorship' Irish Times, 16/06/01

`This is a volume in the Oxford History of Art series and yet again confirms that project as one of the great proseletysing successes of recent years. New Labour's kidnapping of the word accessibility for its own purposes has made it almost unusable for the rest of us, but the very reasonable price of the individual volumes af the Oxford History of Art ensures they are truly accessible in the most important sense' Apollo Magazine 01/12/2001

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