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Aegean Art and Architecture (Oxford History of Art) 1st Edition

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"Excellent ... serves not only as an introduction to Aegean art history but also as a substantive contribution to art historical and archaeological method and theory."--Whitney Davis, John Evans Professor of Art History, Northwestern University


About the Author


Donald Preziosi is Professor of Art History at UCLA, where he developed and directs the art history critical theory program, as well as the UCLA museum studies program.
Louise Hitchcock is a Research Associate of the Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. She received the prestigious Edward A. Dickson Fellowship on several occasions prior to completing her Ph.D., and was a Fellow of the American School of Classical Studies, Athens.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford History of Art
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (February 24, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192842080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192842084
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mario de Vivo on March 24, 2014
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In a book about Art and Architecture one would expect good illustrations and discussions, which this book do not always provide. For instance, the majority of all architectural plans come without scale, so it is not possible to discern the size of the structures described. This is a major flaw but not the only one, because some of the plans and sections are not well illustrated and are difficult to understand, frequently lacking indications (see, for instance, figures 33, 58, 116, and Map 4 (the arrows pointing trade routes cannot be easily distinguished and you end up not getting the map right, but maybe, in this case the blame is mine because I suffer from a degree of color blindness). Also, as is the nature of Minoan and Mycenaean remains, we are left mostly with the base of buildings and wonder how the buildings were in fact. This is not the authors' fault, of course, but on pages 96 and 123 there are two frescoes which depict whole buildings. The authors' fault was to miss the opportunity of discussing the significance of these illustrations of Minoan buildings in terms of their outlook. Also, except when dealing with pictures of smalls objects such as vases and pendants, the otherwise fascinating illustrations of frescoes are usually of bad quality and worse still, very small. The authors point to details of these frescoes which cannot be properly seen in the figures they provide. Additionally, some of the text is baffling. Figure 58, already mentioned, and the text it refers to, are about the Minoans, in the Second Palace Period, using construction proportions as in the Fibonacci series. The figure is hard to understand, but worse, you do not see their hypothesis demonstrated in the palace plans they provide, and the significance of such proportional construction is not discussed.Read more ›
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I am a mid-thirties MFA student creating a short film based on the life at the palace of Knossos. I own many books on and related to the topic and have been researching for a few years now. This book arrived yesterday and I am already a third of the way through it. Very well written, organized quite well. A nice amount of illustrations showing the design and layout of various ancient sites. This helps a visual person like myself fully understand the descriptions.
If you are interested in ancient life in the Aegean world I would recommend this book.
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Although this study contains some interesting discussions of architectural sites, I found the book irritating. Its joint authors are far too wary of risking any speculation about Minoan culture--especially religious culture--as they are dominated by their New Historical bias against all generalizations regarding meaning. Speculations by other writers on the subject are hedged with 'supposedly,' 'said to represent,' and their terms placed in scare quotes. So we are left mainly with physical descriptions. For a more wide-ranging interpretation of the cultural significance of these sites and artifacts I recommend Rodney Castleden's 'Minoans: Life in Bronze Age Crete.' At least he is not hobbled by post-modernist theory and its refusal to discuss possible meaning. A more recent reading of Minoan iconography is N. Marinatos' 'Minoan Kingship and the Solar Goddess,' which makes a fascinating comparison between Minoan images of rituals and contemporary near eastern analogues.
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For those interested in the art as well as the history of the ancient world, especially the Aegean, this book is full amazing photos, detailed descriptions, and excellent history of a time and place long ago vanished and yet so alive in our collective memories. I urged every armchair historian or academic to add this book to their collection.
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