Artists and actors : iconography and performance in ancient Greece [videorecording] / [symposium sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum].

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Artists and actors : iconography and performance in ancient Greece [videorecording] / [symposium sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum].

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "The Art of Ancient Greek Theater" and the staging of Sophocles' "Elektra" at the Getty Villa, this symposium considers the artistic evidence for dramatic performance in ancient Athens as well as Greek and local settlements in southern Italy. Drawing on objects featured in the exhibition, distinguished international scholars investigate the historical context for theatrical performance and its relation to the creation of some of the most vivid art from the ancient world. Choral, tragic, and comic performance inspired a diverse and iconographically complex reaction from vase painters in Athens and south Italy from the middle of the sixth century to the third quarter of the fourth century B.C. At the same time, vases and marble reliefs fashioned as devotional markers of distinction provide a view into the social context of performance in antiquity, while the production of bronze and terracotta masks and statuettes offers unique insights into the spread of comedy from Greece to Rome.

7 videodiscs of 7 (DVD) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + event program, including abstracts and biographical notes.

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