Aegean Art and Architecture by Donald PreziosiAegean Art and Architecture by Donald Preziosi

Aegean Art and Architecture

byDonald Preziosi, Louise Hitchcock

Paperback | December 15, 1999

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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 andthe 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 asevidence 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.
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 p...
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Title:Aegean Art and ArchitectureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.37 × 6.57 × 0.67 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Aegean Art and ArchitectureThe environment; Discovering the Aegean World; Art and art history; Objectives; Organization.2. The Neolithic Period and the Prepalatial Early Bronze AgeSettlements; Burial practices.3. The First Palace PeriodMiddle Bronze Age palaces and villas; The vernacular tradition in Greece and Crete; Ritual practices; Summary.4. The Second Palace PeriodPublic art, private art, and the palatial architectural style; The Second Palaces: Knossos, Phaistos, Gournia, and Kato Zakro; Minoan villas: function and design; The terminology and typology of Minoan palatial buildings; The Minoan and Mycenaean spheres of influence; Religious practices; Burialpractices.5. Mycenaean Domination and the Minoan TraditionThe Mycenaean palace at Pylos; The Mycenaean palace at Knossos; Haghia Triadha and Kommos; The continuation of Minoan building techniques in the Third Palace Period; Burial practices; The Mycenaean shrine at Phylakopi; The circuit walls at Mycenae and Tiryns.6. Conclusion: Disruptions, (Dis)Continuities, and the Bronze AgeThe eastward migration of Aegean traditions; The international style; Cyprus, Palestine, and the Peoples of the Sea; Tradition and transformation; What goes around comes around: Daedalus returns to Crete.Notes; List of Illustrations; Bibliographic Essay; Timeline; Index

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Gold bracelets, chunks of terra-cotta pottery, bits of ivory fasteners...these are just some of the remarkable discoveries that archaeologists unearthed in Greece, Crete and the Aegean islands at the beginning of the 20th century. What do these objects tell us about early European civilization? You don't have to dig far to uncover the fascinating answers in Donald Preziosi and Louise Hitchcock's Aegean Art and Architecture.

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`This powerful account of 2,000 years of Aegean culture is a must for pilgrims and sun-worshippers'The Observer, 24.10.99