Modes of Viewing in Hellenistic Poetry and Art

Modes of Viewing in Hellenistic Poetry and Art

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Taking a fresh look at the poetry and visual art of the Hellenistic age, from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. to the Romans’ defeat of Cleopatra in 30 B.C., Graham Zanker makes enlightening discoveries about the assumptions and conventions of Hellenistic poets and artists and their audiences.
    Zanker’s exciting new interpretations closely compare poetry and art for the light each sheds on the other. He finds, for example, an exuberant expansion of subject matter in the Hellenistic periods in both literature and art, as styles and iconographic traditions reserved for grander concepts in earlier eras were applied to themes, motifs, and subjects that were emphatically less grand.



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In combining evidence from art and poetry, Graham Zanker examines how people viewed and experienced art and how they constructed mental images, asking what one can tell us about the other.
In combining evidence from art and poetry, Graham Zanker examines how people viewed and experienced art and how they constructed mental images, asking what one can tell us about the other. Taking the period from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC to 30 BC, Zanker asks how audiences read imagery, to what extent they were supposed to fill in the gaps of knowledge about subject matter and significance, and whether poetic descriptions of how contemporaries read works of art should dictate our reconstruction of modes of viewing. In studying artistic and poetic strategies, he concludes that artists `trained the eyes of the poets' and `opened them to unprecedented possibilities and effects in viewing and imaging'.

Publisher: Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, Ă2004
ISBN: 9780299194536
0299194531
9780299194505
0299194507
9780299194543
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0299194507
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 223 pages)

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