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Personal Styles in Early Cycladic Sculpture
Pat Getz-Gentle
With a chapter by Jack de Vries

Wisconsin Studies in Classics
Patricia A. Rosenmeyer, Laura McClure, and Mark Stansbury-O'Donnell, Series Editors

The definitive work by the foremost expert on Cycladic sculpture

Personal Styles in Early Cycladic Sculpture represents the culmination of some thirty-five years of study. Pat Getz-Gentle offers here much new material and many fresh insights into a tradition, rooted in the Neolithic period, that spanned most of the third millennium B.C. She begins with a review of this tradition, placing particular emphasis on the stages leading to the reclining figure with folded arms that is the unique and quintessential icon of the early Bronze age culture at the center of the Aegean. She then focuses on the styles of fifteen carvers, several of whom are identified and discussed here for the first time. By introducing little-known pieces attributable to these sculptors, she illuminates various phases of their artistic development.

With a strong aesthetic sense and a practiced approach grounded in keen observation, Getz-Gentle provides clear and detailed discussions illustrated by photos and drawings of 212 different works. Complementing her observations is a chapter by art historian Jack de Vries, who offers the first published summary of his study of Cycladic images and tests the validity of Getz-Gentle�s view that, in designing their works, Cycladic sculptors took deliberate measures involving the use of proportional formulae.

Pat Getz-Gentle is the author of Early Cycladic Sculpture: An Introduction; Sculptors of the Cyclades; Early Cycladic Art in North American Collections; and Stone Vessels of the Cyclades in the Early Bronze Age. A scholar of cycladic art for several decades, she holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University in classical archaeology and lives in New Haven, Connecticut. Jack de Vries is a lecturer in art history who lives in Alkmaar, Holland.


�Getz-Gentle brings the sensitive aesthetics of an art historian to these ancient objects.�
—Margaret Ellen Mayo, Curator of Ancient Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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Image is a statue of a headless body with arms crossed

August 2013

LC: 00-011013 NB
364 pp.      8 1/2 x 11
98 b/w plates, 9 tables,
44 figures, 2 maps, 8 charts

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ISBN 978-0-299-17204-6
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