How to Read Greek Sculpture

Sean Hemingway

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Featuring decorative, religious, and utilitarian objects from the Geometric period to the Hellenistic Age, this is the ideal introduction to Greek sculpture

Introducing eight centuries of Greek sculpture, this latest addition to The Met’s compelling and widely acclaimed How to Read series traces this artistic tradition from its early manifestations in the Geometric period (ca. 900–700 BCE) through the groundbreaking creativity of the Archaic and Classical periods to the dramatic achievements of the Hellenistic Age (323–31 BCE). The 40 works of art featured represent a broad range of objects and materials, both sacred and utilitarian, in metal, marble, gold, ivory, and terracotta. Sculptures of deities and architectural elements are joined by depictions of athletes, animals, and performers, as well as by funerary reliefs, perfume vases, and jewelry. The accompanying text both provides insight into Greek art as a whole and illuminates centuries of Greek life. Detailed commentaries on each work and an overview of major themes in Greek art offer a fascinating, object-focused introduction to one of the most influential cultures in Western civilization.

Seán Hemingway is the John A. and Carole O. Moran Curator in Charge of the Department of Greek and Roman Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

ISBN: 9781588397232
Publication Date: October 12, 2021
Publishing Partner: Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press
168 pages, 8 x 10 1/2
165 color illus.
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