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The Image of the Artist in Archaic and Classical Greece

Art, Poetry, and Subjectivity

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This book explores the persona of the artist in Archaic and Classical Greek art and literature. Guy Hedreen argues that artistic subjectivity, first expressed in Athenian vase-painting of the sixth century BCE and intensively explored by Euphronios, developed alongside a self-consciously constructed persona of the poet. He explains how poets like Archilochos and Hipponax identified with the wily Homeric character of Odysseus as a prototype of the successful narrator, and how the lame yet resourceful artist-god Hephaistos is emulated by Archaic vase-painters such as Kleitias. In lyric poetry and pictorial art, Hedreen traces a widespread conception of the artist or poet as socially marginal, and sometimes physically imperfect, but rhetorically clever, technically peerless, and a master of fiction. Bringing together in a sustained analysis the roots of subjectivity across media, this book offers a new way of studying the relationship between poetry and art in ancient Greece.

Product code: 9781107118256

ISBN 9781107118256
Dimensions H261xW186xS22
Publisher Cambridge University Press
No. of pages 408
This book explores the persona of the artist in Archaic and Classical Greek art and literature. Bringing together in a sustained analysis the roots of subjectivity across media, Guy Hedreen offers a new way of studying the relationship between poetry and art in ancient Greece.