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Mysteries Of The Snake Goddess Art, Desire, And The Forging Of History

by Kenneth Lapatin

Mysteries Of The Snake Goddess Art, Desire, And The Forging Of History Synopsis

Not only is one of the most famous pieces of ancient Greek art-the celebrated gold and ivory statuette of the Snake Goddess-almost certainly modern, but Minoan civilization as it has been popularly imagined is largely an invention of the early twentieth century. This is Kenneth Lapatin's startling conclusion in Mysteries of the Snake Goddess-a brilliant investigation into the true origins of the celebrated Bronze Age artifact, and into the fascinating world of archaeologists, adventurers, and artisans that converged in Crete at the turn of the twentieth century. Including characters from Sir Arthur Evans, legendary excavator of the Palace of Minos at Knossos, who was driven to discover a sophisticated early European civilization to rival that of the Orient, to his principal restorer Swiss painter Emil Gillieron, who out of handfuls of fragments fashioned a picture of Minoan life that conformed to contemporary taste, this is a riveting tale of archeological discovery.

Mysteries Of The Snake Goddess Art, Desire, And The Forging Of History Press Reviews

An archaeological detective story and, on a far deeper level, an inquiry into the uses of the past. Mysteries of the Snake Goddess is, indeed a mystery.... Suffice to say, as [Lapatin] does at the end, that 'she has provided a canvas on which archaeologists and curators, looters and smugglers, dealers and forgers, art patrons and museum goers, feminists and spiritualists, have painted their preconceptions, desires and preoccupations for an idealized past.'

Book Information

ISBN: 9780306813283
Publication date: 25th December 2003
Author: Kenneth Lapatin
Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc an imprint of INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 288 pages
Categories: Classical Greek & Roman archaeology, History of art / art & design styles,

About Kenneth Lapatin

Kenneth Lapatin is Assistant Curator of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California.

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