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Image and Audience: Rethinking Prehistoric Art

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Prehistoric art has too often been treated as a self-contained field of study, cut off from other studies of the past. Researchers have been more concerned with meanings, aesthetics, and craft production than with the contexts in which ancient 'artworks' were used, and the audiences who encountered them. Richard Bradley seeks to redress the balance by considering how the category of 'prehistoric art' first developed during the nineteenth century and the ways in which it is reflected in publications and museum displays. Bradley discusses the approaches to this subject taken by prehistorians and anthropologists and proposes a new investigation which emphasizes the relationship between images and their audiences in the past. His text is extensively illustrated with specially chosen drawings and photographs.

Synopsis:

There have been many accounts of prehistoric 'art', but nearly all of them begin by assuming that the concept is a useful one. In this extensively

About the Author

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Richard Bradley is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading.

Table of Contents

I. The Problem with Prehistoric Art


1. The division of the spoils


2. Pattern and purpose


II. Image and Audience in Megalithic Art


3. Notes from underground


4. The lives of statues


5. In open country


III. Image and Audience in Bronze Age Scandinavia


6. Ships on bronzes, ships on stones


7. Crossing the water


8. The origin of fire


IV. Prehistoric Art and Archaeology


9. Losses in translation


Product Details

ISBN:
9780191569555
Subtitle:
Rethinking Prehistoric Art
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
Richard, Bradley
Author:
Bradley, Richard
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
History - Prehistoric & Primitive
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Subject:
Archaeology | Ancient
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090503
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
study, Richard Bradley asks why ancient
Pages:
260

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Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Archaeology » General

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