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LUXUS: THE SUMPTUOUS ARTS OF GREECE AND ROME. Kenneth Lapatin. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2015. 304 pp. with 245 ills. (239 col.). 29 x 24 cm. LC 2014-41391 ISBN 9781606064221 In English.
Publisher's description: In contrast to other histories of ancient art that typically privilege well-preserved works of ceramics or stone, Luxus offers an integrated contextual analysis of artifacts fashioned from a wide variety of luxury materials, which survive in far greater number than is typically supposed. These include gold and silver, semiprecious hard stones, and organic materials, such as ivory, fine woods, amber, pearl, coral, and textiles. Examining some of the finest surviving examples of ancient craftsmanship, renowned expert Kenneth Lapatin approaches objects in these diverse media from a variety of viewpoints, providing a valuable model for a more pluralistic approach to visual culture with the greater goal of reinvigorating the study of ancient art and society. As its title implies, Luxus is richly illustrated, containing over 200 images of superb works located in collections throughout the world. Each plate is accompanied by extensive documentation and discursive commentary. An introductory chapter explores the ideologies and uses of the luxury arts in ancient Greece and Rome, considers ancient debates about their value, and traces their decline in modern historiography.
Indexing: Western, Ancient Mediterranean — Greece, Italy — Several Media
Plans: 73,54
Worldwide Number: 165123
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