This volume gathers together selected contributions which were originally presented at the conference ‘Greek Art in Context’ at the University of Edinburgh in 2014. Its aim is to introduce the reader to the broad and multifaceted notion of context in relation to Greek art and, more specifically, to its relevance for the study of Greek sculpture and pottery from the Archaic to the Late Classical periods. What do we mean by ‘context’? In which ways and under what circumstances does context become relevant for the interpretation of Greek material culture? Which contexts should we look at – viewing context, political, social and religious discourse, artistic tradition . . .? What happens when there is no context? These are some of the questions that this volume aims to answer.
The chapters included cover current approaches to the study of Greek sculpture and pottery in which the notion of ‘context’ plays a prominent role, offering new ways of looking at familiar issues. It gathers leading scholars and early career researchers from different backgrounds and research traditions with the aim of presenting new insights into archaeological and art historical research. Their chapters contribute to showcase the vitality of the discipline and will serve to stimulate new directions for the study of Greek art.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
Notes on Contributors
Introductory Notes: Contextualizing Context
Diana Rodríguez Pérez
Part One – Location and the Find-spot
- Statues as Artifacts: Towards an Archaeology of Greek Sculpture
- Itinerant Statues? The Portrait Landscape of the Athenian Agora
- New Perspectives in the Study of Pottery Assemblages from Settlements and their Cemeteries in Central Macedonia during the Archaic Period.
- Seeing the Parthenon Frieze: Notes from Nashville
- Lost in Translation? Theoretical Implications of Considering Iconography in Context
- Volitional Reconsumption: Repetitive Vase Scenes in a Psychophysiological Context
- Reviewing Space, Context and Meaning: The Eurymedon Vase Again
- Context of Contest: Athena, Poseidon and the Martyria in the West Pediment of the Parthenon
- The Stoa of the Herms in Context: (Re)shaping Paradigms
- Not quite Pheidias. Status and Labour Specialisation in Athenian Sculpture
- (Un)identifying Helen and Paris in Late Fifth Century BCA Athenian Vase Painting: How Context is Crucial
- Is there a Context Behind the Context? A Group of Apulian Red-Figure Vases in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
- Contexts of Use of Fourth Century Attic Pottery in the Iberian Peninsula
- The Reception of an Attic Prize Vessel. On the Import and Local Production of Amphorae of Panathenaic Shape in Southern Italy.
- Greek Images and Local Identities in Lycia: The Case of the Heroon from Trysa
- Ancient Art in a Museum Context: The Kent Collection of Greek and Cypriot Pottery in Harrogate
Sheila Dillon and Tim Shea
Part Two – Experiencing Material Culture
Rebecca Levitan and Bonna Wescoat
Winfred van de Put
Part Three – Historical and Artistic Contexts
Samantha Masters and Alexander Andrason
Part Four – Re-contextualization
Carmen Sánchez Fernández
List of References
Diana Rodríguez Pérez is the current Junior Research Fellow Mougins Museum in Classical Art and Material Culture at Wolfson College, Oxford, and was previously the Research Assistant for the Beazley Archive Pottery Database at the Classical Art Research Centre.