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The Art of Painting in Ancient Greece

By Dimitris Plantzos


This new and richly illustrated overview of Greek painting combines a fresh scholarly approach to visual arts with the most complete survey to date of the painted monuments of classical antiquity. The Art of Painting in Ancient Greece covers a wide chronological and geographical span, from the Bronze Age murals of Knossos, Santorini and Mycenae to the opulent villas of the Roman Empire, from Anatolia and Egypt in the East to Campania and Etruria in the West.

Surveying the techniques, materials, and works produced, as well as ancient literary accounts, the book engages in five main lines of inquiry: Why did the Greeks cover the walls of their sanctuaries, agoras, palaces, homes, and even their tombs with painted images? What topics, real or imaginary, did they choose to depict? How were those images created? What were the techniques employed and the materials used? Who painted those images? And how does the spectacular phenomenon of Greek monumental painting compare with other branches of Greek art, from mosaics and vase painting to sculpture?

The Art of Painting in Ancient Greece

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    360 pages (334 color illustrations)

    11 x 8 inches

    978-1-948488-05-1 (paperback)

    May 2018


  • Table of Contents


    1. Studying Greek Painting
    2. The Forgotten Forerunners: Monumental Painting in the Aegean during the Greek Bronze Age
    3. Early Greek Painting
    4. The Fifth Century: Tetrachromy and Shadow-painting
    5. The Greek Gaze
    6. Late Classical to Early Hellenistic
    7. Hellenistic Painting after Alexander
    8. Painting in the Greco-Roman world

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