Ancient Art and its Historiography

Ancient Art and its Historiography


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This book explores the historiography of ancient Near Eastern and Classical art by examining the social, intellectual and institutional contexts that have influenced the way that the history of ancient art is written. It demonstrates how the study and interpretation of ancient art reflect contemporary ideas and practices from the Renaissance to the present. Among the subjects considered are the classical tradition in the post-antique West; the emergence of academic disciplines; the role of museums in the evaluation of ancient art; and issues of race, gender and cultural authority in the interpretation of ancient civilizations.

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ISBN-13: 9780521292597
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/16/2011
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction A. A. Donohue; 2. From whore to Hierodules: the historiographic invention of Mesopotamian female sex professionals Julia Assante; 3. Humanissima ars: evaluation and devaluation in Pliny, Vasari, and Baden Jacob Isager; 4. The fate of plate and other precious materials: towards a historiography of ancient Greek minor arts Kenneth Lapatin; 5. 'Der stil der nachahmer': a brief historiography of stylistic retrospection Mark D. Fullerton; 6. The Peplos and the Dorian Question Mireille M. Lee; 7. Mrs Arthur Strong, Morelli, and the Troopers of Cortés Mary Beard; 8. Jargon, authenticity, and the nature of cultural history writing: Not Out of Africa and the Black Athena debate Joanne Monteagle Stearns.

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