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The Centaur's Smile free pdf Human animals - such as centaurs, satyrs, sphinxes, sirens and gorgons - as well as other composite creatures like Pan, Triton and the Minotaur are extremely common in Greek myth, literature, theatre and the visual arts. Understanding the phenomenon of combining human and animal elements into composite creatures is central to our knowledge of the Greek imagination. This is an investigation of the representations of these human animals in early Greek art (circa 850-450 BC). "The Centaur's Smile" discusses the oriental antecedents of these fantastic creatures, examining the influence of Egyptian and Near Eastern models on the formation of Greek monsters in the early Archaic period. Essays also explore the nature and origin of horse-men (centaurs and satyrs) and the ways in which they are represented in early Greek art. Furthermore, the book surveys the broader range of Greek composite creatures and discusses their evolving forms and changing roles and meaning. Over 100 objects - all reproduced in colour - are described and analysed in detail. Among the featured works are: reliefs and statuettes in stone, bronze and terracotta- jewellery and metalwork in gold, silver and electrum- engraved sealstones in rock crystal, jasper and cornelian- and painted ceramic vases from Athens, Corinth, Rhodes, Miletus, Cyprus and Etruria.

About J.Michael Padgett

Michael Padgett is curator of Ancient art at the Princeton University Art Museum- William A. P. Childs is professor of art and archaeology at Princeton University- Despoina Tsiafakis is assistant professor at the Cultural and Educational Technology Institute, Xanthi, Greece.

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Author : J.Michael Padgett
Publisher : Yale University Press
Data Published : 09 September 2003
ISBN : 0300101635
EAN : 9780300101638
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 424 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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