Invention of Art History in Ancient Greece by Jeremy Tanner
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Invention of Art History in Ancient Greece
By Jeremy Tanner

The Invention of Art History in Ancient Greece

Religion, Society and Artistic Rationalisation

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Invention of Art History in Ancient Greece by Jeremy Tanner

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The ancient Greeks developed their own very specific ethos of art appreciation, advocating a rational involvement with art. This book explores why the ancient Greeks started to write art history and how the writing of art history transformed the social functions of art in the Greek world. It looks at the invention of the genre of portraiture and the social uses to which portraits were put in the city state. Later chapters explore how artists sought to enhance their status by writing theoretical treatises and producing works of art intended for purely aesthetic contemplation, which ultimately gave rise to the writing of art history and to the development of art collecting. The study, which is illustrated throughout and draws on contemporary perspectives in the sociology of art, will prompt the student of classical art to rethink fundamental assumptions about Greek art and its cultural and social implications.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521846141
ISBN-10: 0521846145
Format: Hardback
(247mm x 174mm x 21mm)
Pages: 348
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 23-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Invention of Art History in Ancient Greece by Jeremy Tanner Invention of Art History in Ancient Greece, Paperback (June 2009)

Offers a contemporary sociological approach to fundamental questions in the history of Greek art.

Art and Agency and Art History by Jeremy Tanner Art and Agency and Art History, Hardback (April 2007)

* Explores important concepts and perspectives in the anthropology of art. * Includes nine groundbreaking case studies by an internationally renowned group of art historians and art theorists. * Covers a wide range of periods, including Bronze-Age China, Classical Greece, Rome, and Mayan, as well as the modern Western world.

Art's Agency and Art History by Jeremy Tanner Art's Agency and Art History, Paperback (April 2007)

* Explores important concepts and perspectives in the anthropology of art. * Includes nine groundbreaking case studies by an internationally renowned group of art historians and art theorists. * Covers a wide range of periods, including Bronze-Age China, Classical Greece, Rome, and Mayan, as well as the modern Western world.

Sociology of Art by Jeremy Tanner Sociology of Art, Paperback (August 2003)

Provides students with an introduction to the fundamental theories and debates in the sociology of art, using extracts from the core foundational and most influential contemporary writers in the field.

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Author Biography - Jeremy Tanner

Jeremy Tanner is Lecturer in Greek and Roman Art at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He is the author of The Sociology of Art: A Reader (2003).

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