The Revival of the Olympian Gods in Renaissance Art by Luba FreedmanThe Revival of the Olympian Gods in Renaissance Art by Luba Freedman

The Revival of the Olympian Gods in Renaissance Art

byLuba Freedman

Paperback | November 15, 2010

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This book deals specifically with sixteenth-century depictions of the Olympian deities, the twelve supreme deities of ancient Greece and Rome. As the Renaissance revived several aspects of antiquity, some great works of art represented the Olympians in imitation of the classical style. These deities were rendered as autonomous figures, in the form of representation adapted for depicting saints and Christian rulers. This form of depicting the Olympians, or the pagan gods, was not unanimously accepted by sixteenth-century viewers. The book highlights the problematic framework surrounding the creation, display and acceptance of such thought-provoking works of art.
Title:The Revival of the Olympian Gods in Renaissance ArtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.96 × 8.46 × 0.55 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521181038

ISBN - 13:9780521181037

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Table of Contents

Part I. Outlining a Cinquecento Phenomenon: 1. Terms and concepts; 2. Components of the phenomenon; Part II. Discoveries and Their Impact: 3. Olympian deities in ancient sculpture; 4. Ancient testimonies; 5. Literary descriptions; 6. The question of revival; Part III. Cinquecento Works of Art: 7. 'Classical' elements; 8. Non-classical elements; 9. The conflict in Cinquecento schools of thought.

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"In this superbly researched work, Luba Freedman deals with an important aspect of Renaissance art: the representation of the Olympian gods as autonomous figures in the Cinquecento." - The Classical Bulletin Edith Balas, Carnegie Mellon University