For more than 2,000 years the art of Greece and Rome has lain at the heart of western civilization. This book recaptures the excitement of the artists who first created it. It traces the daring innovations of those who, defying traditional wisdom, explored new ideas; it describes the valiant struggles of sculptors and painters to portray - for the first time - both the complexities of the human form and the richness of human emotions. So much has been destroyed by the ravages of time that Greek and Roman art seems to consist only of impressive ruins and broken fragments. Yet the creative achievements of the Greeks and their legacy, as adapted by the Romans, have never lost their power.
Thames & Hudson
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Series: Art Essentials
26 March 2020
Introduction * Statues in Stone: The Perils of Progress * Statues in Bronze: Discovering New Possibilities * Decorating Architecture with Sculpture: Reconciling Shapes and Stories * Greek Painting: Creating a Convincing Image * Widening Horizons: Innovation and Renovation in Later Greek Sculpture * Painting Captures the Visible World: Figures in Light and Space * Roman Sculpture: Adoption and Adaptation of the Greek Legacy * Roman Painting: Using the Inheritance for Decoration * Unity and Diversity in the Art of the Roman Empire
Susan Woodford received her BA from Harvard University and her MA and PhD from Columbia University, and now teaches art history as well as lecturing at the British Museum. She has written other books for the general reader and was winner of the Criticos Prize 2003.
Reviews for Greek and Roman Art
'A crisp, clear and, above all, highly enjoyable guide to Greek and Roman art, from the evolution of sculpture to the detailed techniques of vase-painting and fresco' - Natalie Haynes