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Archaic and Classical Greek Temple Sculpture and the Viewer

Robin Osborne

in Word And Image In Ancient Greece

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780748614066
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651054 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614066.003.0013
Archaic and Classical Greek Temple Sculpture and the Viewer

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It is clear that the images on sympotic vessels exploited the conditions in which they were seen in a variety of ways: shape and imagery could be made to interact closely. As well as relating the scenes to the way a vessel was seen and handled, recent discussions have made much more of the interralationship between two different scenes on a pot. If there has been quite alot of attention on pot painting, the same does not apply to studying sculpture. This chapter suggests that the extent to which the architectural setting on the temple influenced, if not controlled, the viewer was much greater than it has generally been considered to be. It also suggests that pediments do not unfold, but manifest themselves to the viewer at once. Pediments are confrontational spaces.

Keywords: vessels; shape; imagery; sculpture; temple; viewer; pediments

Chapter.  7500 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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