Drawing the Greek vase

Caspar Meyer (Editor), Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (Editor)

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How have two-dimensional images of ancient Greek vases shaped modern perceptions of these artefacts and of the classical past? This is the first scholarly volume devoted to the exploration of drawings, prints, and photographs of Greek vases in modernity. Case studies drawn from the seventeenth to the twentieth century foreground ways that artists have depicted Greek vases in a range of styles and contexts within and beyond academia. Questions addressed include: how do these images translate three-dimensional ancient utilitarian objects with iconography central to the tradition of Western painting and decorative arts into two-dimensional graphic images carrying aesthetic and epistemic value? How does the embodied practice of drawing enable people to engage with Greek vases differently from museum viewers, and what insights does it offer on ancient producers and users? And how did the invention of photography impact the tradition of drawing Greek vases? The volume will be of interest to art historians, archaeologists and classical reception scholars.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages315
ISBN (Electronic)9780191946424
ISBN (Print)9780192856128
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameVisual conversations in art and archaeology


  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Ancient Greek vases
  • Reception of classical art
  • Archaeological knowledge
  • Antiquarianism


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