The Uses Of Symbolism In Greek Art by Janet M. Macdonald

The Uses Of Symbolism In Greek Art

byJanet M. Macdonald

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...number of colossal statues known to have existed proves that the Greeks translated the superhuman power of their deities in terms of physical size. In other cases, where an emotion or sensation was to be represented, the cause of the reaction was substituted for the effect, or vice versa, the effect was represented instead of the cause. Fear could be indicated by personification; indeed, it was so treated on the vases where a figure inscribed Phobos serves as charioteer for Heracles (Mon. d. Inst., XI, PI. XXIV = Reinach, Vases, I, 223; Gerhard, 122-23 = Reinach, Vases, II, 66). On the other fhand, the representation of some wild animal, such as a bear, which is a possible material cause for terror could suggest the i-motion which is so difficult to express. An instance of cause for effect may be found on the interior of the Sosias cylix (F.R., II, PI. 123), where the arrow at the left serves to suggest the pain, which the wounded hero suffers. Likewise, the snake which! accompanies Philoctetes indicates the suffering which he endured I so long (Mon. d. Inst., VI-VII, PI. VIII = Reinach, Vases, I, 145; Arch. Zeit. 1845, PIs. 35, 36 = Reinach, Vases, I, 358, 5). The myth of Philoctetes also exemplifies the representation of effect for cause, in that this hero is generally shown limping. This may be a touch of realism, but it seems likely that it is also a method of suggesting pain by depicting the effect, since the pain itself cannot be directly indicated. An instance of the use of effect for cause to indicate an abstract idea may be found in the statues from the Nereid Monument (B.B., PIs. 211-12). The drapery of these figures has the appearance of being driven against the body by a gale or by the surge of billows, and thereby...

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Title:The Uses Of Symbolism In Greek ArtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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