Works of Art 9 Essay Between and B. This unprecedented contact with cultures far and wide disseminated Greek culture and its arts, and exposed Greek artistic styles to a host of new exotic influences. The death of Alexander the Great in B. However, some Greek city-states asserted their independence through alliances. The most important of such alliances between several city-states were the Aetolian League in western central Greece and the Achaean League based in the Peloponnesos.

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The illustrations are well chosen and well reproduced, and the Index is good. The book presents an expert, detailed, first-hand examination of a great many ancient bronze statues, and of the technical processes by which they were made.

And in that it fully achieves its stated purpose. Art in the Hell enistic Age. Cambridge: Cambridge Universi ty Press, Undergraduate students of Greek art typically are presented by their professors with the impression that the corpus of Hellenistic art is large but repetitious, and that the genres are more numerous than in the preceding centuries but very predictable. Although the students are told that the level of technical skill is very high, the artistic input and emotion are characterized as deficient.

Most graduate students who venture into this vital yet neglected period of Greek art quickly become confused by the seemingly contradictory statements and opinions of the art historian s who specialize in it. Until now this was apparently a hopeless and permanent state of affairs. Pollitt has come to our rescue with his excellent overview of the art and temperament of the Hellenistic Age.

Between the later fourth and the mid-first centuries B. The economic, political and social basis for Greek culture changed radically in the aftermath of the conquests of Alexander and the establishment of large territori al monarchies by his successo rs.

Individuals livin g in this exciting era reacted in different ways to its uncertainty, multitudinous changes, opp osing challenges and new opp ortunities. In Hellenistic literature and philosophy Pollitt sees five interrelated attitudes or states of mind that might be considered as a Zeitgeist for this turbulent period. They are: 1 obsession with fortune; 2 a theatrical mentality; 3 a scholarly mental ity; 4 individualism; and 5 a cosmopolitan outlook.

He believes that these new attitud es also affect, though less obviously and explicitly, the art p. The first eight chapte rs organi ze his corpus of art by particular styles, genres or schools.

These chapters can be divided into three distin ct chronological pha ses, with allowances for variability at the different centers of the Hellenistic world. The phases are not unexpected: the Age of the Diadochoi ca. Thus, Chap. The sculpture of Pergamon Chap. The third phase is associated with the Rococo, realism and the exotic Chap.

Two important elements of Hellenistic art-wall painting and mosaics-are exa mined in self-contained, sepa rate chapters 9 and 10 which stress their characteristic features. Wall painting is discussed in the broader cont ext of pictorial illusion and narration , along with both small and large scale reliefs.

The chapter on mosaics is more succinct and intelligible than any written to date. Alth ou gh Hellenistic archit ecture was not as innovative as interior decoration, it is treated in a similar fashion in Chap. The final chapter "is devoted to how the unique cultural conditions of Ptolemai c Egypt gave its art a distincti vely diverse character" p.

Five appendi ces complete the volume. They deal with the chronology of Hellenistic sculpture Access options available:.


Art of the Hellenistic Age and the Hellenistic Tradition

Gokinos The wind shapes the drapery against her body and gives her a sensual outline that provides a realistic look of sheer fabric. These 10 locations in Victoria: These chapters can be divided into three distin ct chronological pha ses, with allowances for variability at the different centers of the Hellenistic world. Pictorial illusion and narration; Jun 18, Jon rated it really liked it Shelves: Tyche is shown sitting on a rock with the river Orontes below and a young boy in the water kn whom her foot is resting. This interpretative work on Greek art during the Hellenistic period B.


Art of the Hellenistic Age and the Hellenistic Tradition

Art and Experience in Classical Greece - Jerome Jordan Pollitt This book is one of those rare pieces of writing that rewards you with fresh insight each and every time you pick it up. It aims to explain the motives and ideas behind the art rather than to provide the reader with a list of works and names of styles. Professor Pollit answers the question of why Classical Greek art looks like it does, and he thus gives his reader a framework for understanding individual works. Profusely illustrated. The fallen warrior [sculpture] from the east pediment [of the Temple of Aphaia at Aegina] is another matter.

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