The Parallel Worlds of Classical Art and Text (Hardback)
  • The Parallel Worlds of Classical Art and Text (Hardback)

The Parallel Worlds of Classical Art and Text (Hardback)

Hardback 270 Pages / Published: 08/09/2003
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The Parallel Worlds of Classical Art and Text is the first study to consider the relationship between artists and texts throughout classical antiquity and to cover the entire range of illustrated text from traditional literary to technical works. By systematically applying new and objective criteria to judge the fidelity between picture and text, it is becomes clear that artists illustrate stories, not texts. Jocelyn Penny Small argues that artistic transmissions follow the model of oral, not textual, transmission where the variant rules and where there is no original. Pictures on vases, she demonstrates, should not be used to reconstruct lost literary works. Finally, Small offers an analysis of literary sources on pictures in texts, proving that the appearance of the first illustrated literary classical texts occurred at the end of the Late Roman Republic.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521815222
Number of pages: 270
Weight: 786 g
Dimensions: 255 x 182 x 21 mm

'... addresses a fundamental issue in the study of ancient art and deals head-on with the many inherent contradictions and ambiguities therein ... her methodology is always excellent and instructive and makes this book valuable reading for anyone studying ancient art in its mythological or literary context.' JACT
'... a readable and provocative reflection on the subject, of interest to any art historian.' The Burlington Magazine
"[Small] offers a useful preface for informed new approaches
"This is a courageous work. A study tackling a millenium of text and art will perhaps cause some people to miss a more lengthy discussion of topics like the Pempeian wall-paintings, but Small consistently addresses the best-case examples of the approach she is challenging, and can therefore faitly claim that her fidnings will be valid for otehr examples as well." - The classical bulletin Graham Zanker, University of Canterbury

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