Early Cycladic Sculpture An Introduction by Pat Getz-Preziosi

By Pat Getz-Preziosi

First released in 1985, this ground-breaking e-book surveys the improvement of Cycladic sculpture produced through unidentified artists who labored within the Aegean islands forty-five hundred years in the past. Illustrated with a number of items from American collections—with specific emphasis on a few dozen items within the Getty Museum—this quantity surveys the typological improvement of Early Cycladic sculpture and identifies, the place attainable, the paintings of person sculptors. Newly revised and up to date, this booklet is a concise creation to the sector.

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M o s t often the p a i n t i n g took the f o r m o f a l m o n d - s h a p e d eyes w i t h dot­ t e d p u p i l s , solid bands across the fore­ 47 Figure 41. Female folded-arm figure. Kapsala variety. EC I I . This unusually large and exceptionally fine example of the Kapsala variety stands out among all known Cycladic sculptures for its superb modeling andfor the wealth of painted detail still present on the head and body. Although there is clear evi­ dence of painted eyes, brows, hair, facial tattoo­ ing, bangles, and pubic trianglefrom a number of other works (albeit not all on the same piece), the painted necklace seen here is unprecedented.

23, 24, 2 7 ) . I n the early f o l d e d - a r m figures (Kapsala a n d E a r l y Spedos v a r i e t i e s ) , t h e legs are j o i n e d by a t h i n m e m ­ b r a n e , p e r f o r a t e d f o r a s h o r t space b e t w e e n the calves (figs. 2, 16, 55, 56). T h i s p r a c t i c e seems to be a f u r t h e r a t t e m p t t o s t r e n g t h e n t h e l i m b s at v u l n e r a b l e p o i n t s . As t h e f o l d e d - a r m figures d e v e l o p e d , however, the per­ f o r a t i o n o f t h e l e g cleft was u s u a l l y o m i t t e d altogether ( L a t e Spedos v a r i ­ ety; figs.

Cupbearer type. Early Spedos variety style. EC I I . This engaging work is the only complete example of its type. At present only a fragment of one other is known. As with the harp, the cup is held on the right side, while the left arm is held against the body in the canonical folded posi­ tion. Like the Early Spedos varietyfolded-arm figures in whose style it is carved, the cupbearer's legs are rendered with a perfora­ tion between the calves. Athens, Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art, Nicholas P.

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