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Description - The Modernity of Ancient Sculpture by Elizabeth Prettejohn

What can modern art have to do with ancient sculpture? Surely the excitement of modern art lies in its utter repudiation of classical example? Elizabeth Prettejohn's important and revisionist new book argues otherwise: that ancient sculpture and modern art have been in constant dialogue since Johann Joachim Winckelmann invented the modern discipline of art history. It shows how ancient sculptures could inspire artists such as Rodin, Leighton or Picasso, and how modern artworks could help to interpret sculptors such as Pheidias and Praxiteles. The Modernity of Ancient Sculpture will have strong appeal to students of modern art and the classics alike.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781848859036
ISBN-10: 1848859031
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Publish Date: 30-Jul-2012
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Elizabeth Prettejohn

Elizabeth Prettejohn is Professor of History of Art at the University of Bristol. A member of Tate Britain Council, she has published many books which include Rossetti and his Circle (1999), Frederick Leighton: Antiquity, Renaissance, Modernity (1999, co-edited with Tim Baringer), Beauty and Art, 1750-2000 (2005) and Art for Art's Sake: Aestheticism in Victorian Painting (2009).

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