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Classical Art

From Greece to Rome

Mary Beard and John Henderson

26 April 2001

ISBN: 9780192842374

304 pages

In Stock

Oxford History of Art

Price: £19.99



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 in the twenty-first century.

  • Shows how sexual lust and political power combined to produce some of the most important works in Western art.
  • A lively and exciting new look at classical art.
  • Relates this ancient period to the present day through discussion of excavations and new discoveries.

About the Author(s)

Mary Beard, Reader in Classics, Cambridge University, and John Henderson, Reader in Classics, Cambridge University

Table of Contents

    1:Painting Antiquity: Rediscovering Art
    2:Moving Statues: Art in the Age of Imitation
    3:Sensuality, Sexuality, and the Love of Art
    4:Sizing up Power: Masters of Art
    5:Facing up to Antiquity: Art to the Life
    Bibliographic Essay
    Museums and Websites
    List of Illustrations
    Maps and Plans