Art, Desire and the Body in Ancient Greece (Paperback)
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Short Description for Art, Desire and the Body in Ancient Greece A study of the body in the artwork of ancient Greece, ranging from examinations of the Parthenon to erotica.
- Published: 01 September 1998
- Format: Paperback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521456807 ISBN 10: 0521456800
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Full description for Art, Desire and the Body in Ancient Greece
The body was central to the visual culture of ancient Greece, reflecting an obsession with physical beauty, integrity, dynamism, and power. In this study, Andrew Stewart analyses the problem of the Greeks' strange preoccupation with nakedness and sketches how artworks filter our understanding of the subject. Exploring selected constructions of gender, ranging from the men of the Parthenon frieze to naked girls on Spartan hand-mirrors, Stewart investigates the Greek body as a microcosm of society, focusing upon figurations of the Athenian body politic, erotica for men and women, and selected representations of the Other, such as Gorgons, Satyrs, Centaurs, and Amazons. A cultural, theoretical and sociological study of this seminal topic, Stewart's analysis offers new insights into the society and mentality of the ancient Greeks.