The graphic medium and artistic style: Thomas Hope (1769-1831) and two-dimensional encounters with Greek vases

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The chapter analyses Thomas Hope’s graphic engagements with ancient Greek vases. It treats them according to style, dealing first with paintings in the picturesque style, and second with engravings in published books in the neoclassical outline style. The analysis aims to show the different effects of presenting Greek vases in these two artistic styles; and to explore the way that the publications, though finished products in their own right, were also intended to serve as models for further use by painters in new compositions, and by furniture and fashion designers. The chapter therefore investigates how these graphic encounters with Greek vases actively mediated between original artefacts and further two- or three-dimensional artwork. In so doing a case is made for the crucial role played by graphic images in creative receptions of Greek vases at a time when the boundaries between scholarship, archaeology, and contemporary design were fluid.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDrawing the Greek vase
EditorsCaspar Meyer, Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9780191946424
ISBN (Print)9780192856128
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2023
EventDrawing the Greek Vase - Corpus Christi College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jun 201526 Jun 2015

Publication series

NameVisual conversations in art and archaeology


ConferenceDrawing the Greek Vase
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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