Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture (Paperback)
  • The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture (Paperback)
zoom

The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture (Paperback)

(author)
£34.50
Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 05/04/2013
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 4-6 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
In this wide-ranging study, Richard Neer offers a new way to understand the epoch-making sculpture of classical Greece. Working at the intersection of art history, archaeology, literature, and aesthetics, he reveals a people fascinated with the power of sculpture to provoke wonder in beholders. Wonder, not accuracy, realism, naturalism, or truth, was the supreme objective of Greek sculptors. Neer traces this way of thinking about art from the poems of Homer to the philosophy of Plato. Then, through meticulous accounts of major sculpture from around the Greek world, he shows how the demand for wonder-inducing statues gave rise to some of the greatest masterpieces of Greek art.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226570648
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 953 g
Dimensions: 279 x 216 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"This is a big and ambitious volume, beautifully written by one of the leading new voices in the field of Greek visual art. Filled with considerable merits, it aims to do nothing less than shift the language of the art historical description used in accounting the transition from archaic to classical sculpture. From its rich and challenging introduction on the theory of interpretation to its brilliant reading of the Tyrannicides, The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture is unlike any other work in its field."

--James I. Porter, University of California, Irvine

"The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture represents an original and worthwhile approach to a major turning point in art history from a distinguished young scholar. Well-informed and up-to-the-minute theoretically, this important contribution to ancient studies offers excellent criticisms of individual works of art that begin to reveal the crushing inadequacies of some of our most respected accounts."

--Mary Beard, University of Cambridge

"The question that Richard Neer asks is of crucial importance: 'Given that the Archaic Greeks, by definition, didn't know the classical style, what were they after?' What Neer advocates in this bold and enlightening book is a return to the analysis of style, not simply in the service of attributions to masters, but instead to the reconstruction of aesthetics. I know of no other work on the subject that addresses the issue in these thought-provoking terms."

--Gloria Ferrari Pinney, Harvard University
"The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture is a major contribution to our understanding of the history of Greek sculpture; it will be a constant source of intellectual stimulation and critical inspiration for scholars in the field for years to come."--Times Literary Supplement

Best Books of 2011

"The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture offers a visually and conceptually fresh take on its perennially fascinating subject."--Michael Fried "Artforum "
"Beautifully produced and lavishly illustrated. . . . The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture is an exciting book--provocative in approach, theoretically sophisticated, and packed with lots of interesting ideas and observations. . . . Neer has . . . succeeded in giving us a very rich and suggestive vocabulary for describing what these wonderful statues do and how they affect their viewers, and he may well succeed in transforming our way of seeing Archaic and Classical Greek sculpture. And that is a significant contribution indeed."--Art Bulletin
"This is quite possibly the most important book on Classical Greek sculpture in modern times. The author argues his theses magnificently and backs them up with dazzling scholarship. . . . The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture will undoubtedly change the way Classical sculpture is viewed and understood, and it will endure for a long time to come."
--Visual Anthropology Review

You may also be interested in...

Critical Terms for Art History
Added to basket
Gerhard Richter
Added to basket
£34.00
Hardback
Vivian Maier
Added to basket
£15.00
Paperback
The Power of Images
Added to basket
Mark Rothko
Added to basket
£26.50
Paperback
Ghost Image
Added to basket
£13.50
Paperback
Gustave Caillebotte
Added to basket
£45.00
Hardback
The Cruel Radiance
Added to basket
Paul Klee
Added to basket
£34.00
Hardback
What is Paleolithic Art?
Added to basket
Spiral Jetta
Added to basket
£11.50
Paperback
Hilma af Klint
Added to basket
£34.00
Hardback
The Ghosts of Berlin
Added to basket
£16.50
Paperback
Iconology
Added to basket
£19.50
Paperback
The Museum on the Roof of the World
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.