Style and Politics in Athenian Vase-Painting: The Craft of Democracy, circa 530-470 BCE (Cambridge Studies in Classical Art and Iconography)

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The pictures on Athenian vases of the late Archaic period often play upon the tension between an image and its material support, and between the sense of depth and the sense of surface. Richard Neer's study tracks design and imagery on Athenian vases in four domains: the symposium, with its elaborate riddles and poems; the development of 'naturalistic' techniques, such as foreshortening and shading; the birth of self-portraiture at the end of the sixth century; and the treatment of overtly political subject-matter in the early democracy. In each case, formal ambiguity provided vase painters and their audiences with a means of creating new conceptions of civic identity. Focusing on 'how pictures show what they show' leads the author to a re-examination of basic ideas about Greek art and its history, with particular regard to naturalism, realism, allegory, and the relation of ceramics to social life.

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Tracks the design and imagery of Athenian vases of the late Archaic period, considering the representation of the symposium, development of 'naturalistic' techniques, birth of self-portraiture, and treatment of overtly political subject-matter.

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"Neer presents an intelligent and thoughtful examination of the relationship between the work of the Pioneer Painters and political and social changes during the period of transition from tyranny to democracy in Athens." Essays in Theatre Judith M. Barringer, The University of Edinburgh

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Book Description Cambridge University Press, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: gut. 2002. "The pictures on Athenian vases of the late Archaic period often play upon the tension between an image and its material support, and between the sense of depth and the sense of surface. Richard Neer’s study tracks design and imagery on Athenian vases in four domains: the symposium, with its elaborate riddles and poems; the development of ‘naturalistic’ techniques, such as foreshortening and shading; the birth of self-portraiture at the end of the sixth century; and the treatment of overtly political subject-matter in the early democracy. In each case, formal ambiguity provided vase painters and their audiences with a means of creating new conceptions of civic identity. Focusing on ‘how pictures show what they show’ leads the author to a re-examination of basic ideas about Greek art and its history, with particular regard to naturalism, realism, allegory, and the relation of ceramics to social life. Examines the relation of Athenian vases of the late Archaic period to Greek social life.In this study of Athenian vases of the late Archaic period, Neer tracks the design and imagery of the symposium, with its elaborate riddles and poems and the development of "naturalistic" techniques, such as foreshortening and shading. He also traces the birth of self-portraiture at the end of the sixth century and the treatment of overtly political subject-matter in the early democracy. The author thus reexamines basic ideas about Greek art and history, with particular regard to naturalism, realism, allegory, and the relation of ceramics to social life. Neer further demonstrates how formal ambiguity provided vase painters and their audiences with a means of creating new conceptions of civic identity. Cotent: Introduction: Greek revolutions revised; 1. The Greek symposium and the politics of adornment; 2. The evolution of naturalism: or, drawing the net; 3. 'Crafted without flaw': making painters in the age of Kleisthenes; 4. Diallage: iconography and the improvisation of democracy; Conclusion: figures and politics As a sophisticated meditation on aspects of artistic naturalism at the beginning of the classical period in Greece, Style and Politics scores very highly.' Classics ' wide basis of research, richness and variety of ideas.' Minerva ' excellent and challenging '. Art History Tracks the design and imagery of Athenian vases of the late Archaic period, considering the representation of the symposium, development of 'naturalistic' techniques, birth of self-portraiture, and treatment of overtly political subject-matter. Reihe/Serie Cambridge Studies in Classical Art & Iconography Zusatzinfo 99 b/w illus. Sprache englisch Maße 177 x 253 mm Kunst Musik Theater Kunstgeschichte Kunststile ISBN-10 0-521-79111-1 / 0521791111 ISBN-13 978-0-521-79111-3 / 9780521791113" In englischer Sprache. 328 pages. 17,7 x 2,3 x 25,3 cm. Bookseller Inventory # BN35201

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