book price comparison
Search our site
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner Read the opening extract of the brand new Susie Steiner book before its publication on 05/04/2018

The Modernity of Ancient Sculpture Greek Sculpture and Modern Art from Winckelmann to Picasso by Elizabeth Prettejohn

The Modernity of Ancient Sculpture Greek Sculpture and Modern Art from Winckelmann to Picasso

Part of the New Directions in Classics Series Series


The Modernity of Ancient Sculpture Greek Sculpture and Modern Art from Winckelmann to Picasso by Elizabeth Prettejohn

What can modern art have to do with ancient sculpture? Surely the excitement of modern art lies in its utter repudiation of classical example? Elizabeth Prettejohn's important and revisionist new book argues otherwise: that ancient sculpture and modern art have been in constant dialogue since Johann Joachim Winckelmann invented the modern discipline of art history. It shows how ancient sculptures could inspire artists such as Rodin, Leighton or Picasso, and how modern artworks could help to interpret sculptors such as Pheidias and Praxiteles. The Modernity of Ancient Sculpture will have strong appeal to students of modern art and the classics alike.


Never less than persuasive, in the subtlety and accessibility of its visual or verbal analyses, the book includes revelatory ideas on almost every page.' - Jason Edwards, Reader in the History of Art, University of York 'This is a wonderful book. It commands, with enviable ease, both ancient and modern data, and moves seamlessly and to excellent effect between evocative description and theoretical criticism. This is a book which any graduate student starting to work on ancient art will in future have to read. It is fundamentally enlightening about the way in which sculpture has been studied - and about what it is to study sculpture. It is certainly a book that the exhibition-going public and the serious visitor to the British Museum (or indeed to English country houses with classical sculpture collections) ought to read as well. It manages to be repeatedly eye-opening.' - Robin Osborne, Professor of Ancient History, University of Cambridge

About the Author

Elizabeth Prettejohn formerly Professor of History of Art at the University of Bristol, is now Professor of History of Art at the University of York. Her books include The Art of the Pre- Raphaelites (2000), Beauty and Art 1750-2000 (2005) and Art for Art's Sake: Aestheticism in Victorian Painting (2007). She has co-curated major International exhibitions on Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1996-97), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (2003-04) and John William Waterhouse (2008-10).

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

30th July 2012


Elizabeth Prettejohn

More books by Elizabeth Prettejohn
Author 'Like for Like'


I.B.Tauris an imprint of I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.


288 pages


History of art: ancient & classical art,BCE to c 500 CE



Insightful reader reviews and unbiased recommendations. I don't know how I chose books before Lovereading! An essential for all book lovers.

Sarah Harper

I recommend Lovereading because you get honest reviews on a whole range of genres-there's something for everyone. It's the only site I need.

Sian Spinney

My horizons have been broadened by some of the books I have been lucky to review and I expect it to be no different in the future.

Daran Bellingham

I love Lovereading because of its ability to connect people that love books & unite them in a friendly, stimulating & interesting community.

Megan Olwen William

It is a website dedicated to those who adore reading It really is a one stop shop for book lovers. Love it!

Edel Waugh

Love Reading - it not only does what it says on the tin, it does it with Jam on!!

Maz Tucker

I love 'try before you buy' extracts. I love the wide range of authors & genres. I love the author info. I love books!

Judi Davies

Lovereading is like booking a holiday, you don't know what it will be like and it is a whole new experience.

Sue Burton