Gods, Heroes and Mortals
Annika Backe-Dahmen, Ursula KÌ_stner, Agnes Schwarzmaier
- Beautiful photographs of painted vases from ancient Greece, with depictions of famous myths or scenes from everyday life
- Latest title in Scala’s series of official guides to Berlin museum collections, following Pergamon Museum and Gemäldegalerie Berlin
Greek vases are a vital source of information on mythology and society in ancient Greece. These painted clay vessels played a variety of roles in daily life and religious ritual, and the pictures and patterns on them provide a key to understanding these roles. The Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities) in Berlin stretches back more than 300 years, and vase paintings illustrating well-known myths and sagas have long been a key field of interest. Today the Berlin collection ranks alongside those of the British Museum, the Louvre, the Hermitage and the Metropolitan Museum as one of the largest and most diverse of its kind. This lavishly illustrated new book is the first to focus exclusively on the Greek vase collections of the Berlin State Museums. The authors, all distinguished specialists on the collection, have selected 62 of its finest works and provided an expert commentary.