Making Sense of Greek Art
Distributed for Liverpool University Press
This volume of ten essays by classicists, art historians and archaeologists seeks to engage with the intellectual challenge that is making sense of Greek art.
Each essay and the collection as a whole strives to ask what is at stake historically in the designation ‘Greek art’ through the close study of a variety of objects, including sculptures, paintings, mirrors and mosaics, in their ancient Greek context and through their later adoptions and reworkings from the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
The ten essays trace a thread of classical artistry across the centuries, and are published here in memory of John Betts, who taught in the Department of Classics at the University of Bristol for thirty-seven years and founded Bristol Classical Press in 1977.
Chronologically, the essays cover the so-called Archaic period in Greece, from 750-500 BCE, up to the Crystal Palace at Sydenham in mid nineteenth-century Britain. With this vast historical panorama, the volume offers a series of discrete historical case-studies, with a surprising overlap in the recurring themes of originality and reproduction, cultural identities and desire.
Contributions by: Zosia Archibald, Viccy Coltman, Shelley Hales, Christopher Hallett, Vedia Izzet, Ed Lilley, Genevieve Liveley, Michael Liversidge, Kate Nichols and Nicki Waugh
List of Contributors
1. Contextual Iconography: The Horses of Artemis Orthia
2. Reconsidering the Meanings of Athenian Figured Vases
3. Reflections of Greek Myth in Etruria: Thetis
4. Aphrodite's Mirror: Reflections of Greek Art in Roman Houses
5. The Archaic Style in Sculpture in the Eyes of Ancient and Modern Viewers
Christopher H. Hallett
6. Jacques-Louis David, the Greek Ideal and an Alternative
7. 'The Most Ancient Monuments of the Fine Arts': Collecting and Displaying Greek Vases in Early Nineteenth-Century English Interiors
8. Sculpturae Uitam Insufflat Pictura: Breathing Life into Greek Sculpture in the Works of Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Jean-Léon Gérôme
9. 'Living Alma-Tadema Pictures': Hypatia at the Haymarket Theatre
10. Marbles for the Masses: The Elgin Marbles at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham