The Greek Vase

The Greek Vase

Art of the Storyteller

Book - 2013
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This richly illustrated volume offers a fascinating introduction to ancient Greek vases for the general reader. It presents vases not merely as beautiful vessels to hold water and wine, but also as instruments of storytelling and bearers of meaning. The first two chapters analyze the development of different shapes of pottery and relate those shapes to function, the evolution in vase production techniques and decoration, and the roles of potters, painters, and their workshops. Subsequent chapters focus on vases as the primary source of imagery from ancient Greece, offering unique information about mythology, religion, theater, and daily life. The author discusses how to identify the figures and scenes depicted in vase paintings, what these narratives would have meant to the people who lived with them and used them, and how they therefore reflect the cultural values of their time. Also examined is the impact Greek vases had on the art, architecture, and literature of subsequent generations.
Publisher: Los Angeles, California : J. Paul Getty Museum ; London : British Museum Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781606061473
160606147X
Branch Call Number: 738.382 OAKLEY
Characteristics: 155 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: J. Paul Getty Museum
British Museum

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