[Item #6142] The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece and Rome. Joan R. Mertens, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece and Rome
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece and Rome
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece and Rome
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece and Rome

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece and Rome

ISBN: 0870994441
New York, NY: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. First Edition. Hardcover. “The art created in Greece during the fifth century B.C. established the standards to which all Western art has aspired well into our own times. Indeed, the word "classical," when used either specifically or figuratively, usually refers to those ideals of beauty and proportion developed on the Greek mainland more than four hundred years before the birth of Christ. Copied by the Romans, who revered the art of their Greek subjects, and "rediscovered" during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in what came to be known as a "renaissance" or rebirth of classical culture, the works bequeathed us by the Greeks—or in many instances by their Roman imitators—still influence the art we make and the ideals by which we judge it. Although the art of the ancient Greeks may be said to have reached its apogee in Athens in the fifth century B.C., it had, in fact, been developing for at least four thousand years. The Greeks settled and traded over a wide area, and eventually, under Alexander the Great, they moved into the Near East as conquerors. Thus they were able to assimilate and transform the art of many indigenous cultures. Once the Romans subjugated Greece, they, too, embarked on their own process of assimilation and transformation, on the one hand faithfully copying Greek art, and on the other, subtly transforming that art into one that more appropriately served first, republican taste, and later, imperial needs.”--From inside front flap of dust-jacket. Joan R. Mertens, curator and administrator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art specializes in Greek-vase painting, about which she writes for scholarly publications, and Greek bronzes; she recently prepared a bulletin on the Museum's Greek bronze sculpture. In her introduction Martens gives a concise yet sweeping history of the trend of art from the Greeks to the Roman, categorizing and analyzing specific trends and tendencies in the medium at those respective times. Martens throughout the volume illuminates especially important pieces and often does beautifully detailed treatments on said pieces. Among such works of Greek art presented in this volume are the Cycladic Harp Player, made in about 2700 B.C.; Cypriot sarcophagi from the fifth century B.C.; an Attic kouros from the sixth century B.C.; a lekythos attributed to the Amasis Painter from about 540 B.C.; the famous calyx krater by Euphronios from about 515 B.C.; Roman reproductions of mid-fifth-century Greek statues such as the Wounded Warrior and the Diadoumenos; and a stunning gold phiale estimated to be from the fourth century B.C. Roman art is showcased by examples of late republican wall painting, silver, and glass, and by portrait busts or statues of her emperors, their consort and relatives, as well as of anonymous citizens—giving the reader a grand portrait of the styles and attitudes favored during Rome's long history. In addition to portraiture, Roman art is represented by the famous wall paintings from Boscotrecase, architectural elements from Domitian's palace, marble funerary altars and sarcophagi, and utilitarian and luxury items in terracotta, glass, gold, and silver. From the collection of Barbara (1935-2023) & Irving (1933-2018) Nusbaum - world travelers, connoisseurs, eminent collectors of art & books, and the dearly beloved late parents of our esteemed founder, Arthur S. Nusbaum. Hardcover in unclipped dust-jacket. First edition though not explicated as such at copyright page. Book is in very fine condition with only the slightest wear to fine edges; dust-jacket is in very fine condition with minor smudging to front and back covers, and light wear to fine edges. An otherwise substantially mint volume! An extra handling fee will be added for shipping due to the size & weight of this item. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #6142]

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