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Hellenistic Sculpture (World of Art)

A Handbook

R. R. R. Smith

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A lively survey of a key phase in the evolution of Western art


The exuberant realism and virtuoso technique of Hellenistic sculpture formed the basis of European art. Under Alexander and his cosmopolitan successors, sculptors enriched the classical Greek repertoire with a whole range of new subjects – hermaphrodites, putti, peasants, boxers – and new styles – baroque treatment, genre figures, individualized portraiture.

Professor Smith offers a reappraisal of this entire artistic epoch as a period of innovation, demonstrating the variety, subtlety and complexity of its styles. Numerous illustrations reveal the skill and inventiveness of the Hellenistic masters, who created works of great beauty and expressive power. The result is a lively survey of a vital phase in the evolution of Western art.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 21.0 x 14.9 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Illustrations: 387

Publication date: 9 September 1991

ISBN: 9780500202494

About the Author

Professor R R R Smith writes and teaches extensively on the art and architecture of the Hellenisitic and Roman periods. He is currently the Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford.