This book explores the role of description in the interpretation of ancient Greek statuary. Although scholars have emphasised the importance of separating objective evaluation of evidence from interpretation, in practice it has proved difficult to draw this distinction. Even at the level of observation and vocabulary, the scholarship on Greek sculpture has been moulded by concepts and convictions that impose particular interpretations on the material. This study examines the scholarship on a select number of well-known Greek statues from the eighteenth century through the present. The impact of the historical, cultural and intellectual contexts that produced this specialised scholarship is demonstrated through considerations of issues such as ethnicity, psychology, theories about artistic form, and evolving conceptions of nude and clothed figures.
Estelle May Hurll, a student of aesthetics, wrote a series of popular aesthetic analyses of art in the early twentieth century.
In the first book ever devoted to the sculpture of Venice's most famous Renaissance marble carver, Markham Schulz integrates all biographical data from primary and secondary sources and criticism of every epoch, with her own first-hand study of Tullio's work over the course of forty years, to create a comprehensive picture of Tullio's sculpture - its characteristics and iconography, its sources, development, and influence - within the context of Renaissance Venetian art. At the same time, she explores Tullio's relations to his father Pietro and his brother Antonio, both renowned sculptors in their own right. The text is accompanied by 339 newly made and largely full-page illustrations, many of sculptures which, on account of their height and inaccessibility, have never been photographed before. Thus, every detail of the author's meticulous and pellucid analyses is made manifest to the reader by illustrations, which not only meet the most exacting standards for the photography of sculpture, but also provide a treasury of gorgeous images.
The author is a poet a writer and a social activist who has written various essays, articles and books. Some of his well-known books on social issues include, A Tribute to the Prostitute (On sex workers) Because I am a girl child (on the girl child), Homes Aflame (on domestic violence), A Mute Refute (violence against women), Adults amused but Child Abused (On Child Abuse). The author has a number of poems dealing with nature, romance, and spirituality, some of which have been published in various leading magazines, while the rest are being compiled for publication. Have you ever imagined how the world would be when you and I would not exist on this planet apart from the future generation? As Christ put it, no one knows the day or the hour of the second coming. In whose time the prophetic visions would actualize is difficult to predict, but as the Spirit who has revealed these Prophetic Visions, to the author, he suggests that it will not be before 5050! The day, probably the fifth of May, 5050 would be when the whole globe has the same season because of the irresponsible way in which the caretakers, bring about an imbalance in the way nature controls the seasons. By then, it is estimated that different regions that enjoyed different climates would have the same, static very hot climate. The Sun would shine at its peak, melting the remaining snow on mountain tops, evaporating the sea waters, stopping the rains; in a nut shell the fiery heat would convert the planet into a furnace-drying all the water bodies, scorching trees and causing wild fires and thus the fertility of the soil would be lost leaving no scope for humanity and any creature to survive!
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