Pictorial Pursuits: Figurative Painting
on Mycenaean & Geometric Pottery
Papers from Two seminars at the Swedish Institute at
Athens in 1999 & 2001
Acta Instituti Atheniensis Regni Sueciase, Series in 4, LIII
Edited by Eva Rystedt & Berit Ewells
Paul Astroms Forlag, Sweden
Distributed By Coronet Books
313 pages, Illustrated, 8 ¼” x 11 ¾”
$177.50 Paper Original
This book comprises twenty-six papers on pictorial painting, ranging from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age. Several of the contributions present overviews of finds from sites/areas which have yielded a substantial corpus of material: Mycenae, Tiryns, Midea, Aigina Kolonna, Kynos-Atalanti, Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios, Aetos, Paros, Crete, Cyprus, Anatolia, Etruria.
A number of important issues on the Mycenaean and Iron Age traditions of pictorial painting are also discussed: e.g., the effect on pictorial traditions of the transition between the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age, diverse imagery resulting from regional manufacture, the social aspects and value systems embodied in the iconography, and the structure and stylistic development characterizing the images.
Other contributions approach pictorial pottery as an important source of historical information, showing how change and continuity in pictorial representation can give insights into the dynamics of social structures and social life, including how elites chose to visualize their life.
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