Автор: German Hafner
Название: Art of Crete, Mycenae, and Greece
Издательство: Harry N. Abrams
Размер: 33.3 MB
An awareness of its uniqueness is indispensable to a proper understanding of Greek art. What took place in the art of Greece between the second millennium b.c.—the legendary age of King Minos of Crete and the Homeric heroes—and the time of Alexander the Great and the Diadochi has no counterpart in any other part of the world or in any other age. This is as true of the achievement itself as of the effects that it produced. One must put aside the notion that Greek art merely followed a natural "evolutionary development," as a plant which grows, forms buds, blossoms, and wilts, or as a man who passes from childhood through youth to maturity and old age. While in nature these sequences repeat themselves constantly, each stage inevitably leading to the next, the phenomenon of Greek art was basically different. Nor can one find in the "happy skies" of Greece the reason for the emergence there of the art that was to become the root of all later European art.