Weeks 7 and 8: From Athens to Alexander

Tuesday Feb 22:

Stewart, A.  Classical Greece and the Birth of Western Art,  ch. 3, “The Classical Moment” stewart, “classical moment”

Castriota, D. 2005. “Feminizing the Barbarian and Barbarizing the Feminine: Amazons, Trojans, and Persians in the Stoa Poikile.” In Periklean Athens and Its Legacy: Problems and Perspectives, edited by J. M. Barringer and J. M. Hurwit, 89-102  Castriota

As you read the chapter from Andy Stewart’s book, pay attention to the following:

re: Athens in the 5th century

How do the Athenians view themselves with respect to others? How do they view mankind with respect to the world? How are these views/philosophies represented in the art of the end of the 5th century BC?
In what way do Athenian ideals dictate the form and style in Athenian art?
How do Athenian artists use style to communicate a political message?

re: Portrait of Perikles

Soon we’ll be entering the realm of individualized portraiture. Why does Perikles’ portrait look the way it does? As we’ll see, portraiture is much more complicated than simply “a likeness”.  All portraiture, by definition, communicates a message, intentional or  unintentional.  What message(s) is Perikles’ portrait meant to communicate? What message(s) is it trying to avoid?

re: The Doryphoros

The Doryphoros (“spearbearer”) by Polykleitos has a long legacy in western art, standing as a model for later sculptors (compare with the Prima Porta Augustus). Why is this statue considered the “summit of categorical idealism”?  In what ways does this statue represent the Greek ideal?

Bring the Castriota article with you; be prepared to discuss how Castriota sets up his argument and how Athenians tend view and represent “barbarians”

Thursday Feb 24:

Stewart, A.  Classical Greece and the Birth of Western Art, selections from ch.  7:  Stewart shadow of macedon

Selection of ancient sources relating to the character and appearance of Alexander the Great:  Alexander sources image

We’ll look at developments of portraiture in the 4th century and the rise of Alexander the Great of Macedon.

Tuesday March 1:

Stewart, A.  1993  Faces of Power: Alexander’s Image and Hellenistic Politics, ch. 3, 71-104.  Stewart Alexander an Encounter

Spencer, D. 2009.  “Roman Alexanders: Epistemology and Identity” in Alexander the Great: A New History.  Spencer Roman Alexanders


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