Understanding Greek Vases: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques

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Getty Publications, 2002 - Art - 157 pages
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What is a pyxis? Who was the Amasis Painter? How did Greek vases get their distinctive black and orange colors? This richly illustrated book--the latest in the popular Looking At series--offers definitions and descriptions of these and many other Greek vase shapes, painters, and techniques encountered in museum exhibitions and publications on ancient Greek ceramics. Included is an essay on how to look at Greek vases and another on the conservation of ancient ceramics. These essays provide succinct explanations of the terms most frequently encountered by museum-goers. The concise definitions are divided into two sections, one on potters and painters and another on vase shapes and technical terms relating to the construction and decoration of the vases. Featuring numerous color illustrations of Greek vases, many from the Getty Museum's collection, Understanding Greek Vases is an indispensable guide for anyone wishing to obtain a greater understanding and enjoyment of Greek ceramics.

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This latest addition to the "Looking At" series published by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is well organized and more comprehensive than the previous volumes in the series (others include ... Read full review


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Andrew J. Clark is an independent scholar specializing in the study of Greek ceramics. Maya Elston is associate curator of antiquities conservation in the Getty Museum. Mary Louise Hart is assistant curator in the Museum's Department of Antiquities.

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