for the student of classical antiquity, books on art and architecture are so numerous that navigating the field without a guide at times becomes virtually impossible. in fact, treatments of greek art and archaeology are written by scholars who ideally should not have anything to do with material culture: scholars of literature and language, lacking the fundamental understanding of the material remains of antiquity and the formal training in the study of it. andrew stewart is not one of these people.
andrew stewart is professor at the university of california at berkeley, and rightfully so. his voice is that of a learned man; scholarly, but understandable, learned, but educational. in 'greek sculpture', he treats the sculptural material evidence from ancient greek with both respect and diligence, while showing an elegant understanding of literary sources. in essence, stewart's treatment of ancient greek sculpture is both light and understandable, and in-depth and pragmatic.
'greek sculpture' is a must-read for any serious student of greek art. it is uneven, but overall brilliant. especially the chapter on the 4th century BC is worth reading. the plates are numerous and aid the formidable text. the overall impression of 'greek sculpture' is an utmost impressive one; stewart has succeeded in both providing the more advanced student with a strong survey and allowing the beginner a view into the most interesting field of ancient greek art. this book must be read by all. it is well worth the $70.