Polykleitos of Argos is one of the most celebrated sculptors of classical Greece. This richly illustrated volume of superb essays by art historians, classical scholars, and archaeologists discusses Polykleitos’ life and influence, his intellectual and cultural milieu, and his best-known work—the bronze Doryphoros, or “Spear-Bearer.”
Polykleitos, the Doryphoros, and Tradition displays an impressive range of approaches–from commentary on the artistic and philosophical antecedents that influenced Polykleitos’ own aesthetic to the role of contemporary Greek anatomical knowledge in his representation of the human form. The essays offer extended analysis of his work as well as reflections of his style in sculpture, paintings, coins, and other art in Greece, Italy, and Asia Minor. This volume also contains a thorough discussion of Polykleitos’ original bronze Doryphoros, its pose, its relation to other spear-bearer sculptures, and the fine Roman marble copy of it now at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
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Warren G. Moon (1945–93) was professor of art history and classics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is editor of Ancient Greek Art and Iconography, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press, and coeditor, with Louise Berge, of Greek Vase Painting in Midwestern Collections.Review:
“This is an essential text for the classical archaeologist/ art historian or for anyone who has seen and admired any of the Doryphoroi.”—Vernon Hyde Minor, International Journal of the Classical Tradition
“The rich and varied fare offered in this volume does honor both to the Minneapolis Doryphoros and to the methodologies, traditional and new, which can be brought to bear on ancient art and culture.”—Guy P. R. Métraux, Phoenix
“The wealth of photographs and meticulously documented essays make this book the first place to consult upon initiating any further research into the diverse aspects of Classical art treated by the contributors.”—Robert Steven Bianchi, Religious Studies Review
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