In 1764, Johann Joachim Winckelmann published a key early instance of art-historical thinking, his Geschichte der Kunst des Alterthums, here translated into English for the first time. Dazzled by the sensuous and plastic beauty of recently excavated artifacts - coins, engraved gems, vases, paintings, reliefs, and statues - Winckelmann synthesized the visual and written evidence then available into a systematic history of art in ancient Egypt, Persia, Etruria, Rome, and, above all, Greece. His passionate yet detailed inquiry ...

History of the Art of Antiquity 2006, Getty Publications, Los Angeles, CA

ISBN-13: 9780892366682

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