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Description - Aegean Art and Architecture by Donald Preziosi

The amazing discovery of the 'first European civilization' in Crete, Greece and the Aegean islands during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was beyond what anyone had imagined. Beginning with the Neolithic period, before 3000 BCE, and ending at the close of the Bronze Age and the transition to the Iron Age of Hellenic Greece (c.1000 BCE), this is the first comprehensive introduction to the visual arts and architecture of this extraordinary era. This book introduces the reader to the historical and social contexts within which the arts - pottery, gold, silver, and ivory objects, gravestone reliefs, frescoes, and architecture - of the Aegean area developed. It examines the functions they served, and the ways in which they can be read as evidence for the interactions of many different peoples and societies in the eastern Mediterranean. It also provides an up-to-date critical historiography of the field in its relationship to the growth of ancient art history, archaeology, and museology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, giving a contemporary audience a clear appreciation of what has been at stake in the uncovering and reconstruction of this ancient society.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780192842084
ISBN-10: 0192842080
Format: Paperback
(238mm x 168mm x 17mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Oxford Paperbacks
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 21-Oct-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Aegean Art and Architecture by Donald Preziosi

UK Kirkus Review » 'Looking at art history from a fresh perspective' is how the publishers describe The Oxford History of Art, and there can be no denying that the series incorporates the most up-to-date approaches to its subject. Launched in 1997, The Oxford History of Art has now published 17 volumes, and the latest additions are good examples of both the ethos of the series, and of the geographical and chronological coverage which it seeks to embrace. Aegean Art and Architecture is the fullest introduciton yet to the visual arts in mainland Greece, Grete and the Cycladic Islands from 3300 to 1000BC, and the first to apply new thinking in art history to the subject. Ancient Aegean culture has a particularly important place within European history and art history because of its profound links to the origins of European civilization. Painting, pottery, object made from gold, silver and ivory, carved reliefs, textiles and architecture are all fully illustrated and discussed, revealing the many different functions that this vast range of art and artefacts served within the cultural and social context of the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East. Medieval castles, church spires and monastic cloisters are just some of the major architectural innovations of the early Middle Ages, an exciting period in the history of European architecture, culminating in the development of the Romanesque style. Ranging from 300 to 1200, Early Medieval Architecture relates building to issues such as liturgy, pilgraimage, the cult of saints, and the roles of patrons and architects. Each chapter concentrates on a different aspect of the architecture of these centuries, each explores its richness and variety in terms of social and religious aspirations. What happened after Rodin? Taking their cue from the last great artist in an old tradition, the sculptors of the early-20th-century developed their art in startlingly new ways. Artists such as Brancusi, Arp, Tatlin, Rodchenko, Moholy-Nagy, Maillol and Duchamp are covered in Sculpture 1900-1945, alongside less well-known figures, to provide a comprehensive account of the diverse development of sculpture in this important period. Its refreshingly original approach is to consider the work in relation to themes such as public sculpture, the monument, the approach to different materials, the object, image-making, the built environment and the figurative ideal. Landscape and Western Art is one of the more general volumes planned for the series. It poses the questions, What is landscape? When and why did we begin to cherish images of nature? The book explores many fascinating issues raised by the great range of ideas and images of the natural world in Western art since the Renaissance, and examines the whole concept of 'landscape' as a representation of the relationship between the human and natural worlds. In addition to the work of well-known landscape artists such as Claude, Friedrich, Turner, Cole and Ruisdael and Long, it discusses oil and watercolour painting alongside landscape gardening, cartography, photography and land art-all within a full international historical and cultural context. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Donald Preziosi

Donald Preziosi is Professor of Art History, UCLA, where he developed and directs the art history critical theory programme, as well as the UCLA museum studies programme. Dr Louise Hitchcock is a Research Associate of the Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. She received the prestigious Edward A. Dickson Fellowship on several occasions prior to completing her Ph.D., and was a Fellow of the American School of Classical Studies, Athens.

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