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The Greek vase : art of the storyteller

Author: John Howard Oakley; J. Paul Getty Museum.; British Museum.
Publisher: Los Angeles, California : J. Paul Getty Museum ; London : British Museum Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : Picture : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This richly illustrated volume offers a fascinating introduction to ancient Greek vases for the general reader. It presents vases not merely as beautiful vessels to hold water and wine, but also as instruments of storytelling and bearers of meaning. The first two chapters analyze the development of different shapes of pottery and relate those shapes to function, the evolution in vase production techniques and  Read more...
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Material Type: Picture
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Howard Oakley; J. Paul Getty Museum.; British Museum.
ISBN: 9781606061473 160606147X
OCLC Number: 830124414
Description: 155 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: Fabric, form and function --
Potters and painters --
Depicting the divine --
Meeting the myth-makers --
A life well lived --
Seducing the senses.
Responsibility: John H. Oakley.

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This richly illustrated volume offers a fascinating introduction to ancient Greek vases for the general reader. It presents vases not merely as beautiful vessels to hold water and wine, but also as instruments of storytelling and bearers of meaning. The first two chapters analyze the development of different shapes of pottery and relate those shapes to function, the evolution in vase production techniques and decoration, and the roles of potters, painters, and their workshops. Subsequent chapters focus on vases as the primary source of imagery from ancient Greece, offering unique information about mythology, religion, theater, and daily life. The author discusses how to identify the figures and scenes depicted in vase paintings, what these narratives would have meant to the people who lived with them and used them, and how they therefore reflect the cultural values of their time. Also examined is the impact Greek vases had on the art, architecture, and literature of subsequent generations.

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