The Image of the Artist in Archaic and Classical Greece : Art, Poetry, and Subjectivity, Paperback / softback Book

The Image of the Artist in Archaic and Classical Greece : Art, Poetry, and Subjectivity Paperback / softback


This book explores the persona of the artist in Archaic and Classical Greek art and literature.

Guy Hedreen argues that artistic subjectivity, first expressed in Athenian vase-painting of the sixth century BCE and intensively explored by Euphronios, developed alongside a self-consciously constructed persona of the poet.

He explains how poets like Archilochos and Hipponax identified with the wily Homeric character of Odysseus as a prototype of the successful narrator, and how the lame yet resourceful artist-god Hephaistos is emulated by Archaic vase-painters such as Kleitias.

In lyric poetry and pictorial art, Hedreen traces a widespread conception of the artist or poet as socially marginal, and sometimes physically imperfect, but rhetorically clever, technically peerless, and a master of fiction.

Bringing together in a sustained analysis the roots of subjectivity across media, this book offers a new way of studying the relationship between poetry and art in ancient Greece.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 394 pages, 25 Plates, color; 64 Halftones, unspecified; 64 Halftones, black and white; 1 Line drawin
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Theory of art
  • ISBN: 9781107543393



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