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THE IMAGE OF THE ARTIST IN ARCHAIC AND CLASSICAL GREECE: ART, POETRY AND SUBJECTIVITY. Guy Hedreen. Cambridge University Press, 2015. Copyright 2016. 394 pp. with 89 ills. (25 col.). 26 x 19 cm. LC 2015-27414 ISBN 9781107118256 In English.
Publisher's description: This book explores the persona of the artist in Archaic and Classical Greek art and literature. Guy Hedreen argues that artistic subjectivity, first expressed in Athenian vase-painting of the sixth century BCE and intensively explored by Euphronios, developed alongside a self-consciously constructed persona of the poet. He explains how poets like Archilochos and Hipponax identified with the wily Homeric character of Odysseus as a prototype of the successful narrator, and how the lame yet resourceful artist-god Hephaistos is emulated by Archaic vase-painters such as Kleitias. In lyric poetry and pictorial art, Hedreen traces a widespread conception of the artist or poet as socially marginal, sometimes physically imperfect, but rhetorically clever, technically peerless, and a master of fiction. Bringing together in a sustained analysis the roots of subjectivity across media, this book offers a new way of studying the relationship between poetry and art in ancient Greece.
Indexing: Western, Ancient Mediterranean — Greece — Ceramics
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 169463
Hardcover $120.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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