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Image and Myth: A History of Pictorial Narration in Greek Art

Luca Giuliani


On museum visits, we pass by beautiful, well-preserved vases from ancient Greece—but how often do we understand what the images on them depict? This book tells the stories behind the pictures, exploring how artists of antiquity had to determine which motifs or historical and mythic events to use to tell an underlying story while also keeping in mind the tastes and expectations of paying clients. Covering the range of Greek style and its growth between the early Archaic and Hellenistic periods, the book describes the intellectual, social, and artistic contexts in which the images were created. ... More

Keywords: antiquity, motifs, mythic events, vase painting, visual culture, ancient Greece, vases, early Archaic period, Hellenistic period, literary culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226297651
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226025902.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luca Giuliani, author