The discoveries in Crete, Greece, and the Aegean islands that began a century ago were nothing less than stunning, and seemed to give shape and substance to tales of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth, of Theseus and Ariadne, of Minos and Icarus. Ancient Aegean Art is the first comprehensive historical introduction to the art and architecture Crete, mainland Greece, and the Cycladic islands in the Aegean, beginning with the Neolithic period, before 3000 BCE, and ending at the close of the Bronze Age and the transition to the Iron Age of Hellenic Greece (c.1000 BCE).
Covering a broad range of objects and artefacts, from sealstones to pots to buildings and settlements, Preziosi and Hitchcock discuss both the historiography of the field of ancient art history and explain the artefacts original intentions and functions. In chronologically organized chapters, the authors emphasize the more widely known images and structures, with a glimpse at the lesser-known but important discoveries, explaining their design, uses, meanings, and formal developments. Ancient Aegean Art incorporates the latest archeological discoveries and theoretical and methodological developments, in the only volume to examine both Crete and the mainland.
`a compact and attractive introduction to the subject'
John Bennet, THES, 9/6/00
`This powerful account of 2,000 years of Aegean culture is a must for pilgrims and sun-worshippers'
The Observer, 24.10.99
1: Introduction: Aegean Art and Architecture
The environment; Discovering the Aegean World; Art and art history; Objectives; Organization.
2: The Neolithic Period and the Prepalatial Early Bronze Age
Settlements; Burial practices.
3: The First Palace Period
Middle Bronze Age palaces and villas; The vernacular tradition in Greece and Crete; Ritual practices; Summary.
4: The Second Palace Period
Public art, private art, and the palatial architectural style; The Second Palaces: Knossos, Phaistos, Gournia, and Kato Zakro; Minoan villas: function and design; The terminology and typology of Minoan palatial buildings; The Minoan and Mycenaean spheres of influence; Religious practices; Burial practices.
5: Mycenaean Domination and the Minoan Tradition
The Mycenaean palace at Pylos; The Mycenaean palace at Knossos; Haghia Triadha and Kommos; The continuation of Minoan building techniques in the Third Palace Period; Burial practices; The Mycenaean shrine at Phylakopi; The circuit walls at Mycenae and Tiryns.
6: Conclusion: Disruptions, (Dis)Continuities, and the Bronze Age
The eastward migration of Aegean traditions; The international style; Cyprus, Palestine, and the Peoples of the Sea; Tradition and transformation; What goes around comes around: Daedalus returns to Crete.
Notes; List of Illustrations; Bibliographic Essay; Timeline; Index
Series: Oxford History of Art
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 21st October 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88
Weight (kg): 0.62