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Archaic and Classical Greek Art

Robin Osborne

17 September 1998

ISBN: 9780192842022

272 pages

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Oxford History of Art

Price: £19.99



Ranging widely over the fields of sculpture, vase painting, and the minor arts, this book provides a brilliant and original introduction to the art of archaic and classical Greece. By looking closely at the social and cultural contexts in which the rich diversity of Greek arts were produced, Robin Osborne shows how artistic developments were both a product of, and contributed to, the intensely competitive life of the Greek city.

  • A fascinating new account of art in Greece from c. 800 to 323 BC

About the Author(s)

Robin Osborne, Professor of Ancient History, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: A history of art without artists
    Chapter 2: From praying to playing: the art of the eighth century BC
    Chapter 3: Reflections in an eastern mirror
    Chapter 4: Myth as measure
    Chapter 5: Life enlarged
    Chapter 6: Marketing an image
    Chapter 7: Enter politics
    Chapter 8: Gay abandon
    Chapter 9: Cult, politics, and imperialism
    Chapter 10: The claims of the dead
    Chapter 11. Individuals within and without the city
    Chapter 12: The sensation of art
    Chapter 13: Looking Backwards
    List of Illustrations, Bibliographic essay, Timeline, Index


"a different approach suggesting new perspectives and original connections ... eye-opening and thought-provoking" - Professor François Lissarrague, Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

"brings all that is best in the 'new' Classical art history to this exciting interpretation ... No reader of Osborne's stimulating and engaging book will come away with their vision of Greek art unchanged" - Dr Jeremy Tanner, Institute of Archaeology, University of London

"Students of art will be intrigued and challenged by the methods employed and examples so cleverly chosen by one of our leading historians of Archaic and Classical Greece" - Professor Joan Connelly, New York University