The Poetics of Appearance in the Attic Korai

The Poetics of Appearance in the Attic Korai

by Mary Stieber


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Dating to the 6th and early 5th century BC, the fifty-six Attic korai that stood on the Athenian Acropolis have been long regarded as representative of a generic type of statue alluding to female beauty. In her reassessment of the statues, Mary Stieber argues that these 'marble maidens', dedications to Athena, can and should be described in terms of their individuality and life-likeness. Exploring the historiography of those re-discovered objects, she reveals how and why scholarship has chosen to label them as an anonymous generic type akin to the male kouros statues. In using literary evidence alongside visual analyses, Steiber demonstrates that what the statues lacked in naturalism they made up for in realism. The final chapter includes a detailed look at the Phrasikleia kore, an Attic grave marker, and a discussion of the young woman it depicted.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292742369
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 05/16/2012
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Mary Stieber is Assistant Professor of Art History at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.

Table of Contents

  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Introduction: Conceiving Realism in Archaic Greek Art
  • Chapter One: Historiography
  • Chapter Two: The Reality of Appearances
  • Chapter Three: The Idea of Likeness
  • Chapter Four: ConTEXTualizing the Korai
  • Chapter Five: Phrasikleia
  • Notes
  • References
  • Illustrations
  • Index

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Harris-Cline author of The Treasures of the Parthenon and the Erechtheion

"Brilliant! . . . [Stieber] has opened my eyes to many details, which I have apparently overlooked on statues that are so well known. It is a rare writer who has such a compelling and discerning eye and can help the reader see old friends in new light. What a delight to read. Bravo.Diane"

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