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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum (1 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892367083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892367085
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Ward VINE VOICE on 25 Sep 2006
Format: Paperback
Janet Burnett Grossman is an antiquities curator at the J.Paul Getty Museum,Los Angeles, and her well-informed, beautifully produced, small book is one of the Museums own publications. It is simply a glossary of classical sculpture with colour photographs illustrating the text. The book contains about 200 terms concisely defined and interestingly explained with about 50% of them having an accompanying photograph that brings to life the text. The photos are mainly sculptures which are part of the high quality collection in the Museum,. However it is important to say that this glossary is applicable to all classical sculpture everywhere, not just to that possessed by the Getty Museum, and whether you are scrambling over ancient temples, visiting galleries and museums, or reading books on ancient stone sculpture... this book will help you to enjoy the experience more, principally by a greater understanding of what one is gazing upon. Examples of words in the glossary are Caryatid, Herm, Kore, Kouros, Sarcophagus, Stele, etc., which are often used semi-mystifyingly by scholars but which are explained in clear language by the author. There are quite a few entries on types of ancient marble, the Carrara, Dolomitic, Naxian, Parian, and Pentelic marbles etc. The techniques and methods of ancient sculptors are also included, such as chisel types, drills, rasps, joints, insertions, gilding, and polychromy. The main famous sculptors are mentioned, Praxiteles, Pheidias, Pausanias, etc. The principal chronological periods and styles are discussed, the Cycladic, Minoan, Daedalic, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, etc with the Roman periods of Julio-Claudian, Hadrianic, etc. mentioned in the brief but interesting preface.Read more ›
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A Too-Brief Guide 13 Mar 2008
By Michael Gunther - Published on Amazon.com
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"Looking At Greek And Roman Sculpture In Stone" is a brief (100pp) guide to some of the terminology of this subject. It is arranged in dictionary format, with paragraph length entries on conservation-related terms from "Abrasion" to "X-Ray Diffraction Spectrometry." Other representative terms include "Anthemion," "Peplos," and "Proconnesian Marble." These are not beginner topics, yet none of them is discussed at adequate length.

The brevity and inconsistent focus of this book would make it an unsatisfactory investment for many readers, even at the current bargain price. It may find a place on your bookshelf if you only want a brief definition of some of these technical terms.
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