Greek Art Author:John Boardman The grammar of Greek art and architecture is readily understood in the modern world, for we see its manifestations everywhere: Indeed, the beginnings of all Western art are to be found in the arts of ancient Greece. but the popular view of greek art has come to be oversimplified, and the truth is so subtly different that it is worth while consid... more »ering how we have come to know the art of ancietn Greece and how, through the ages, our understanding of it has been influenced and altered. Even more important, as this stunning illustrated volume indicates, it is worth while attempting to go further than a mere appreciation of the perfection andd beauty of the master pieces of classical Athens.
To begin with, the history of Greek art is in itself a complex and fascination story, not the least impressive aspect of which is the spseed and sureness with which Greek art developed from abstract geometrics, through idealized representations of the human body, to a full range of expressive and emotional studies. In this concise history, the author follows this unique and astounding development, presenting Greek art as a lively subject to be enjoyed for its full and sometimes unexpected variety as well as for its better-known masterpices.« less