Art, Desire and the Body in Ancient Greece

Art, Desire and the Body in Ancient Greece

by Andrew Stewart


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The body was central to the visual culture of ancient Greece, reflecting an obsession with physical beauty, integrity, dynamism, and power. In this penetrating study, Andrew Stewart analyzes the problem of the Greeks' strange preoccupation with nakedness and sketches how artworks filter our understanding of the subject. Exploring selected constructions of gender, Stewart investigates the Greek body as a microcosm of society, focusing upon figurations of the Athenian body politic; erotica for men and women; and selected representations of the Other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521456807
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/28/1998
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 7.99(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1. Bodies familiar and unfamiliar; 2. Body and gender in the Greek city; 3. 'Visuality', gaze, and glance; 4. The public eye; 5. Looking around the city; 6. The problem; 7. Nakedness in Greek life; 8. Nakedness in early Greek art; 9. Art, the body, and desire; 10. Marble; 11. Bronze; 12. Painted pottery; 13. Best and brightest; 14. Marathon man; 15. Eternal springtime?; 16. Bed and battle; 17. The Doryphoros; 18. The Knidia; 19. Of pain and pleasure; 20. 'Going dorian'; 21. Athenian perspectives; 22. Hegeso revisited; 23. Athens to ca. 510; 24. From Kleisthenes to Xerxes; 25. Kimonian and Periklean Athens; 26. Conflict and disaster; 27. Revival and ruination; 28. For men; 29. For women; 30. Two images of alterity; 31. Centaurs and Amazons; 32. Role reversal: the Praxitelean satyr; 33. New horizons; 34. In and out of the city; 35. The kingdoms: insiders and others; 36. Gender-drift and the bisexual body.

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