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Word And Image In Ancient Greece$
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N. Keith Rutter and Brian Sparkes

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780748614066

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614066.001.0001

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Archaic and Classical Greek Temple Sculpture and the Viewer

Archaic and Classical Greek Temple Sculpture and the Viewer

(p.228) 12 Archaic and Classical Greek Temple Sculpture and the Viewer
Word And Image In Ancient Greece

Robin Osborne

Edinburgh University Press

It is clear that the images on sympotic vessels exploited the conditions in which they were seen in a variety of ways: shape and imagery could be made to interact closely. As well as relating the scenes to the way a vessel was seen and handled, recent discussions have made much more of the interralationship between two different scenes on a pot. If there has been quite alot of attention on pot painting, the same does not apply to studying sculpture. This chapter suggests that the extent to which the architectural setting on the temple influenced, if not controlled, the viewer was much greater than it has generally been considered to be. It also suggests that pediments do not unfold, but manifest themselves to the viewer at once. Pediments are confrontational spaces.

Keywords:   vessels, shape, imagery, sculpture, temple, viewer, pediments

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