Thursday, January 19, 2012

Classical Art: From Greece To Rome (Oxford History Of Art) By Mary Beard, John Henderson

Classical Art: From Greece to Rome (Oxford History of Art)

Classical Art: From Greece To Rome (Oxford History Of Art) By Mary Beard, John Henderson

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The stunning masterpieces of Ancient Greece and Rome are fundamental to the story of art in Western culture and to the origins of art history. The expanding Greek world of Alexander the Great had an enormous impact on the Mediterranean superpower of Rome. Generals, rulers, and artists seized, imitated, and re-thought the stunning legacy of Greek painting and sculpture, culminating in the greatest art-collector the world had ever seen: the Roman emperor Hadrian.

This exciting new look at Classical art starts with the excavation of the buried city of Pompeii, and investigates the grandiose monuments of ancient tyrants, and the sensual beauty of Apollo and Venus. Concluding with that most influential invention of all, the human portrait, it highlights the re-discovery of Classical art in the modern world, from the treasure hunts of Renaissance Rome to scientific retrieval of artworks in the twenty-first century.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #89612 in Books
  • Published on: 2001-07-19
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 1.55 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 304 pages
Editorial Reviews


"This is no conventional book on Classical Art, but a critique of Greek art through Roman eyes, analyzing the complexity of the Romans' reception of Greek pictorial and sculptural 'masterpieces,' most of which are only known today through their Roman versions."--Richard Brilliant, Columbia University

"Innovative, challenging, and never dull, this is a bracing departure from the norm. Readers will welcome its strong thesis and trenchant refusal to take received wisdom on trust."--Andrew Stewart, University of California, Berkeley

About the Author

Mary Beard and John Henderson both teach Classics at the University of Cambridge. Mary Beard is a fellow of Newnham College, and John Henderson is a fellow of King's College, Cambridge.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful.
By David Kimel
This innovative and deliciously illustrated guide to the arts of Greece and Rome is composed in a light-hearted, humorous vein and provides as much entertainment as artistic edification. Furthermore, its unique exploration of Greek art through the prism of Roman culture offers a refreshing new perspective on the development of the wildly influential high classicism of the empire. In short, a delightful and beautiful book.

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
By A. Romero
I just received my copy of this book in the mail and I must say that the presentation is outstanding as usual from Oxford. The overall presentation of the material from the classical period is well presented and covered. Simply put, a great Classical book!!!! get it and refer back to it over and over !

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