Greek sculpture -its spirit and principles - PDF book by Edmund von Mach

Greek sculpture, its spirit and principles

Greek sculpture



Greek sculpture is much admired but little known. The ancient statues for years have been studied as interesting curios rather than as things alive. The dead have no claims upon us; the living alone can teach us, and Greek sculpture is not dead. The vitality of its spirit and of its principles is such that it has outlasted centuries and deserves wider recognition than it commonly receives. 

This book is addressed to all students of art, to executing artists, and to the general public. It is designed in the first place to give pleasure, without which the study of art is impossible, and in the second place to be serviceable to all serious students not only by the presentation of the most important subjects but also by the suggestion of others, the treatment of which lies outside the scope of an art book. For the benefit of the reader, the book is divided in two parts.

The lessons drawn from Greek sculpture are presented first. The order may be inverted, however, with the exception of Part I, Chapters V-VIII, on the principles of relief sculpture, which ought to be read before one enters on the study of the Parthenon, Part II, Chapters XVIII and XIX.

This book contains no multitude of details. Monuments that are omitted may be readily inserted, however, and may thus help to enforce the lessons taught by those monuments which are discussed. After the pediments of the temple of Zeus in Olympia, for instance, Part II, Chapter XVI, the metopes of the same time may be studied; and in connection with the Parthenon, Part II, Chapters XVIII and XIX, many contemporaneous temple sculptures may find their place. 

Contents::

I. FUNDAMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS i
II. GREEK SCULPTURE IN ITS RELATION TO NATURE: THE MENTAL IMAGE 8
III. THE APPEAL OF GREEK SCULPTURE 17
IV. THE ARTIST AND HIS PUBLIC 29
V. THE PRINCIPLES OF GREEK RELIEF SCULPTURE ... 37
VI. THE DIFFERENT TECHNIQUE OF HIGH AND Low RELIEF SCULPTURE 46
VII. GREEK RELIEF SCULPTURE IN ITS RELATION TO ARCHITECTURE : RELIEFS,, ON ROUNDED SURFACES .... 53
VIII. PHYSICAL EFFORT AND PLEASURE OF LOOKING AT
EXTENDED COMPOSITIONS 60
IX. THE COLORING OF GREEK SCULPTURE
X. ART CONDITIONS BEFORE THE SEVENTH CENTURY B.C. . 79
XI. MATERIAL, TECHNIQUE, DESTRUCTIVE FORCES, EARLY
IGNORANCE, AND SOURCES OF KNOWLEDGE .... 91 V/
PART TWO
XII. THE FIRST ATTEMPTS: IN THE ROUND 103
XIII. THE FIRST ATTEMPTS: IN RELIEF 123
XIV. CONSERVATISM; READY SKILL BEFORE FREEDOM OF CONCEPTION! 44
XV. BROKEN FETTERS: A PERIOD OF TRANSITION . . . .158
XVI. SCULPTURED TEMPLE DECORATIONS 178
XVII. REALIZATION OF THE NOBLEST IDEAS: THE DIVINE SIDE
OF HUMAN NATURE 202
XVIII. THE PARTHENON. I. METOPES AND FRIEZE 211
XIX. THE PARTHENON. II. THE PEDIMENTS 231
XX. THE HUMAN BODY 248
XXI. THE INDIVIDUAL: SOUL AND BODY 262
XXII. FORMULATED PRINCIPLES; PERFECT SKILL 290
XXIII. AUTUMN DAYS 299
NOTES 319
BIBLIOGRAPHY 343
INDEX 347
PLATES 359


the book details :
  • Author: Edmund von Mach
  • Publication date: 1903
  • Company: Boston: Ginn

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