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Image and Audience: Rethinking Prehistoric Art

Image and Audience: Rethinking Prehistoric Art

by Richard Bradley
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There have been many accounts of prehistoric 'art', but nearly all of them begin by assuming that the concept is a useful one. In this extensively illustrated study, Richard Bradley asks why ancient objects were created and when and how they were used. He considers how the first definitions of prehistoric artworks were made, and the ways in which they might be related to practices in the visual arts today Extended case studies of two immensely popular and much-visited sites illustrate his argument: one considers the megalithic tombs of Western Europe, whilst the other investigates the decorated metalwork and rock carvings of Bronze Age Scandinavia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199533855
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/03/2009
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Richard Bradley is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading.

Table of Contents

I. The Problem with Prehistoric Art
1. The division of the spoils
2. Pattern and purpose
II. Image and Audience in Megalithic Art
3. Notes from underground
4. The lives of statues
5. In open country
III. Image and Audience in Bronze Age Scandinavia
6. Ships on bronzes, ships on stones
7. Crossing the water
8. The origin of fire
IV. Prehistoric Art and Archaeology
9. Losses in translation

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