- ISBN 9780500204337
- 21.00 x 15.00 cm
- with 311 illustrations
- First published 2016
- See more books in theWorld of Art Series
A World of Art bestseller – the authoritative introduction to ancient Greek art, comprehensively updated for its fifth edition
‘One of the very best short histories of Greek art’ – Financial Times
John Boardman has updated his definitive survey of Greek art, the most influential and widely known historic artistic tradition of the Old World.
In the 20 years since the last edition, valuable evidence has come to light which has dramatically enhanced our understanding of the arts of ancient Greece and their influence. We now know that Greek artists in fact completed their stone sculptures with realistic colour, as well as working with a wealth of other materials on a major scale. We can identify the work of individual artists, and schools of artists, and have a clearer picture than ever before of how art and artistic traditions travelled throughout the Greek world and beyond it.
Boardman encourages the reader to consider the masterpieces that have been preserved in their original context, not just the isolated installations of our modern galleries, weaving into his discussion of the arts insights into the society that produced them. Illustrated in full colour throughout for the first time, this fifth edition demonstrates more vividly than ever the artistic aims and achievements of ancient Greece.
Sir John Boardman is Lincoln Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology and Art in Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. His other books in the World of Art series include Athenian Black Figure Vases, Athenian Red Figure Vases, and three volumes on Greek Sculpture.