Susan Woodford illuminates the greatness of classical art and architecture and conveys a sense of the excitement that fired the creative artists of the time. The Greeks were quick to challenge time-honoured styles and, stimulated by the problems that sometimes emerged from their daring innovations, they invented solutions that have been considered classics ever since. The Romans recognized the Greek achievement and built on it, adding a talent for organization and flair for architectural construction on a huge scale to create an impressive art of their own.
Table of ContentsIntroduction; Part I. The Archaic and Classical Periods: Progress and Problems; 1. Free standing statues; 2. Greek temples and their decoration; 3. Painting and painted pottery; Part II. The Fourth Century BC and the Hellenistic Period: Innovation and Renovation; 4. Sculpture; 5. Painting; 6. Architecture and planning; Part III. The Roman World: Adoption and Transformation of the Greek Legacy; 7. Roman statues and reliefs; 8. Roman painting; 9. Roman architecture: adaptation and evolution; Epilogue; Notes on artists; Glossary; Further reading; Index.