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

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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


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""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
--Mary Beard, University of Cambridge
"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
--James I. Porter, University of California, Irvine
"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
--Gloria Ferrari Pinney, Harvard University
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 "
""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
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 "
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"
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 ""
"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
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 "

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