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Greek and Roman Art (Art Essentials)

Susan Woodford


An introductory guide to the art of ancient Greece and Rome, capturing the passion and inspiration that fired the artists of these civilizations

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For more than 2,000 years the art of Greece and Rome has lain at the heart of western civilization. This book recaptures the excitement of the artists who first created it. It traces the daring innovations of those who, defying traditional wisdom, explored new ideas; it describes the valiant struggles of sculptors and painters to portray – for the first time – both the complexities of the human form and the richness of human emotions. So much has been destroyed by the ravages of time that Greek and Roman art seems to consist only of impressive ruins and broken fragments. Yet the creative achievements of the Greeks and their legacy, as adapted by the Romans, have never lost their power.


'A crisp, clear and, above all, highly enjoyable guide to Greek and Roman art, from the evolution of sculpture to the detailed techniques of vase-painting and fresco'
Natalie Haynes

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 21.6 x 13.8 cm

Extent: 176 pp

Illustrations: 85

Publication date: 17 September 2020

ISBN: 9780500295250

Contents List

Introduction • Statues in Stone: The Perils of Progress • Statues in Bronze: Discovering New Possibilities • Decorating Architecture with Sculpture: Reconciling Shapes and Stories • Greek Painting: Creating a Convincing Image • Widening Horizons: Innovation and Renovation in Later Greek Sculpture • Painting Captures the Visible World: Figures in Light and Space • Roman Sculpture: Adoption and Adaptation of the Greek Legacy • Roman Painting: Using the Inheritance for Decoration • Unity and Diversity in the Art of the Roman Empire

About the Author

Susan Woodford was born and educated in the USA (BA Harvard; MA and PhD Columbia). Since moving to London, she has taught art history and lectured at the British Museum. She has published many books and articles on Greek and Roman art and has also written Looking at Pictures in the Art Essentials series.

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