The Invention of Art History in Ancient Greece: Religion, Society and Artistic Rationalisation by Jeremy TannerThe Invention of Art History in Ancient Greece: Religion, Society and Artistic Rationalisation by Jeremy Tanner

The Invention of Art History in Ancient Greece: Religion, Society and Artistic Rationalisation

byJeremy Tanner

Paperback | December 3, 2009

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In this book contemporary perspectives in the sociology of art are brought to bear on a series of fundamental questions in the history of Greek art. It is argued that artists sought to enhance their status and autonomy in the classical period by writing theoretical treatises and producing works of art intended for purely aesthetic contemplation. This ultimately gave rise to the practice of art history writing, and the development of art collecting. The Greeks, however, developed their own very specific ethos of connoisseurship.
Title:The Invention of Art History in Ancient Greece: Religion, Society and Artistic RationalisationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:348 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.71 inPublished:December 3, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521114225

ISBN - 13:9780521114226

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: art and society in classical art history; 2. Rethinking the Greek revolution: art and aura in an age of enchantment; 3. Portraits and society in classical Greece; 4. Culture, social structure and artistic agency in classical Greece; 5. Reasonable ways of looking at pictures: high culture in Hellenistic Greece and the Roman empire; 6. Epilogue: art after art history.

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"Thoroughly interesting and stimulating...It will in any case further the discussion about role and status of art and artists in ancient Greece. The book is beautifully produced and illustrated."-- Bryn Mawr Classical Review