The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 15, 2010 - Art - 254 pages
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In this book, Sheila Dillon offers the first detailed analysis of the female portrait statue in the Greek world from the 4th century BCE to the 3rd century CE. A major component of Greek sculptural production, particularly in the Hellenistic period, female portrait statues are mostly missing from our histories of Greek portraiture. Whereas male portraits tend to stress their subject's distinctiveness through physiognomic individuality, portraits of women are more idealized and visually homogeneous. In defining their subjects according to normative ideals of beauty rather than notions of corporeal individuality, Dillon argues that Greek portraits of women work differently than those of men and must be approached with different expectations. She examines the historical phenomenon of the commemoration of women in portrait statues and explores what these statues can tell us about Greek attitudes toward the public display of the female body.
  

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Contents

List of Illustrations
ix
Acknowledgments
xiii
Abbreviations
xv
Finding the Female Portrait in Greek Art
1
Portrait Honors for Women in Late Classical and Hellenistic Greece
9
Clothes and the Woman Statue Formats and Portrait Costumes
60
The Female Portrait Face
103
The Not Portrait Style of Female Portraiture in the Roman Period
135
Female Portrait Statues on Independent Delos before 166
171
Female Portrait Statues on AthenianControlled Delos post166
173
Female Portrait Statues in Athens ThirdFirst Centuries BCE
176
Notes
179
Selected Bibliography
229
Epigraphic Index
241
Museum Index
244
General Index
248

Conclusion
164
Female Portrait Statues in FourthCentury Athens
169

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About the author (2010)

Sheila Dillon is Associate Professor of Greek and Roman Art at Duke University. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy in Rome, and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, she is the author of Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture, which was awarded the James R. Wiseman Book Award by the Archaeological Institute of America in 2008.

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