Abstract: Towards a Geometric perfection: the arts and crafts of early Greece.


This lecture will look at the work of the craftsmen and artists of the period from 1200 to 700 BCE. Though Mycenaean architecture and art have been greatly admired and the Archaic and Classical Greek monuments, ceramics, and sculpture are well known and discussed, the achievements of the early Greek artists and craftsmen are less acknowledged and often even ignored.

In the lecture I will explore the ceramics, personal ornaments, tools, and buildings of the period and argue that the early Greek craftsmen and artists achieved and accomplished a lot during a period when much social and cultural change took place. Indeed, their skills and achievements pioneered the perception of what is considered to be Greek art.


Short bibliography on lecture topic:


J. Boardman, Early Greek vase painting, 11th-6th centuries BC : a handbook, London 1998

J. N. Coldstream, Geometric Greece, 2nd edition, London & New York 2003

S.H. Langdon, Art and identity in Dark Age Greece, 1100-700 B.C.E, Cambridge 2008.

S.H. Langdon, From pasture to polis : art in the age of Homer, Columbia 1993

I. S. Lemos, The Protogeometric Aegean. The archaeology of the late eleventh and tenth centuries BC, Oxford 2002.

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