Author(s): Susan Woodford
The fragments of Greek sculpture and vase painting that have survived into the twentieth century are like pieces of a shattered mirror reflecting the former glory of Greek art. Though some of the images are obviously beautiful, others require interpretation before their true quality can become apparent. This book, designed primarily as an introduction for students, helps the reader trace the development of Greek art in the immensely creative period from the eighth to the fourth century BC - the period between the composition of the Homeric poems and the conquests of Alexander the Great. Important works are generously illustrated and lucidly analysed, so that an integrated picture of Greek art emerges.
'Serves its intended audience, in schools, very well indeed ... it also has a lot to offer any older reader who would like to be guided gently, and never patronisingly, into the subject.' John Broadman, British Books News
Susan Woodford was born and educated in the USA, where she received her BA (summa cum laude) from Harvard and her MA and PhD from Columbia. Having moved to England with her husband and daughter in 1971, she teaches art history and lectures at the British Museum. In addition to scholarly articles, she has written four more books for the general reader: 'The Parthenon', 'The Art of Greece and Rome' and 'Looking at Pictures', published by Cambridge University Press, and 'The Trojan War in Ancient Art', published by Duckworth.