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В этой публикации представлена музейная коллекция образцов греческого искусства от доисторического периода до конца классической эпохи.
Кроме большого числа иллюстраций памятников греческого искусства в книгу включена краткая история Афин с 6-го по 4-м веке до н.э., комментарии в адрес художников, различный биографические данные и много другой дополнительной информации.
Хотя книга и написана на английском языке, благодаря большому количеству иллюстраций многое понятно и без слов.

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29 Figure . Terracotta cosmetic vase. . ) Figure . Bronze mitra (belly guard) with sphinxes. Cretan, ca. . . consisted of numerous autonomous city-states, or poleis, separated one from the other by mountains and the sea. Greek settlements stretched all the way from the shores of the Black Sea, along the coast of Asia Minor, and the Aegean islands, to mainland Greece, Sicily, southern Italy, North Africa, and even Spain. Regional schools exhibited a rich variety of artistic styles. As they grew in wealth and power, the poleis on the coast of Asia Minor and the neighboring islands competed with one another in the construction of sanctuaries with huge stone temples.

Scale :. ) (Location: Uris Education Center) Issued 10/00 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Designed by architects Iktinos and Kallikrates, the Parthenon, which crowns the akropolis of Athens, was dedicated to the goddess Athena. , while Athens was at the height of her wealth and power under the leadership of the statesman Perikles. While many details have proved to be inaccurate, the model gives an excellent sense of the architectural and sculptural features of the temple and their relative scale.

Frederick C. , with the end of the Peloponnesian War, Athens lost its place as the foremost Greek city and preeminent cultural center. . , as can be seen in the powerful Attic grave reliefs (fig. ) that continued to be produced. The third major order of Greek architecture—the Corinthian—characterized by ornate, vegetal capitals, came into vogue. For the first time, artists’ schools, as institutions of learning, were established. Among the most famous was the school at Sikyon in the Peloponnesos, which emphasized cumulative knowledge and laid the foundations of art history.

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