The Art of Painting in Ancient Greece (English language edition)
This innovative look at ancient Greek painting combines a standard comprehensive survey of the material record – wall paintings, painted panels, or slabs – with an in-depth exploration of the ways in which the people of Ancient Greece appreciated this demanding art.
Plantzos looks at techniques, styles, themes and masters as well as their admirers, clients, and critics. At the same time, he discusses recent breakthroughs in archaeology, cultural studies, and art history. Th e book is unique in its reflections of new, multidisciplinary approaches to the material record which it combines with a more traditional, art-historical exploration; it draws on a wide range of ancient authorities – from Plato and Xenophon to Cicero, Pliny, Lucian, and Philostratus.
The book covers painting in Bronze-Age Greece (Cyclades, Crete, Santorini, Mycenaean Greece); painting of the Archaic, the Classical, and the Hellenistic periods, and ends with a study of Graeco-Roman painting in the 2nd-3rd c. AD.
Dimitris Plantzos is the author of Greek Art and Archaeology, 1200-30 BC (Kapon Editions, 2016) also available from UEP.
Studying Greek Painting
The forgotten forerunners: monumental painting in the Aegean during the Greek Bronze Age
Early Greek painting
The fifth century: tetrachromy and shadow-painting
The Greek gaze
Late Classical to Early Hellenistic
Hellenistic painting after Alexander
Painting in the Greco-Roman world
‘…highlights the ways that the different mediums of visual culture, and particularly its manufacture, can be understood. Dimitris Plantzos’s glossy and colourful volume sets out to investigate the history of depiction in ancient Greece.’
Dimitris Plantzos is associate professor of classical archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has written extensively on Greek art, classical culture and its modern receptions, and archaeological theory. Previous publications include Greek Art and Archaeology c.1200-30 BC (Kapon Editions) and (co-editor) A Companion to Greek Art (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018)
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