6AACAR03 Greek Pottery & Painting
Credit value: 30
Assessment pattern for Graduate Diploma students
Module convenor/tutor: Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis
Teaching pattern: 20 x 2 hour classes (weekly); There will be regular visits to the British Museum and a special vase handling session in the Greek and Roman Department.
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 3,000 word essay (25%); 1 x 3 hour exam (75%)
Prerequisites: None, although it will help to have taken 4AACAA01.
Assessment: 3 x 3,000-word essay (100%, essays worth 1/3 each)
The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand, there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.
The module covers the development of pottery, vase-painting and other forms of painting in Greece from Geometric to South Italian. While the module is primarily art-historical, subjects to be covered include technique, iconography and myth, the importance of pottery as an indicator of date, social customs and workshop practice, and the relationship of pottery to sculpture and literature. The evidence for lost wall-painting will also be assessed.
At the same time the course explores the history of vase collecting, scholarship and museum display and considers the post-antique influence of Greek vases, for example on Wedgwood pottery.
Suggested introductory reading
This is suggested reading and purchase of these books is not mandatory.
- R. Osborne (1998) Archaic and Classical Greek Art
- J. Boardman (2001) The history of Greek vases: potters, painters and pictures
- E. Moignard (2006) Greek vases: an introduction
- T. Rasmussen & N. Spivey (eds) (1991) Looking at Greek Vases
- V. Nørskov (2002)Greek Vases in New Contexts: The collecting and trading of Greek vases: An aspect of the modern reception of Antiquity