Form and Content

(Survey of Young Adult Fiction)

Shirley Glubok’s The Art of Ancient Greece provides a plethora of information on both the techniques and the content of ancient Greek art. Her book, written with the interests of the younger reader in mind, serves as a solid—if not primary—introduction to the subject. Glubok’s admiration for ancient Greek art guides her discussion throughout the book. The work is not lengthy, but it contains a wealth of important information for the novice to the world of art and archaeology.

The layout, designed by Oscar Krauss, provides copious illustrations on every page, with contributions from many significant art collections. In total, twenty major museums are represented, from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to the Delphi Museum in Greece. Furthermore, The Art of Ancient Greece includes many of the most important and famous examples of certain styles, techniques, or works themselves; the Venus de Milo and Myron’s Discobolus (discus thrower) are notable examples. Consequently, some illustrations contain nudity, but its appearance is neither extensive nor gratuitous, as it is an important component for understanding ancient Greek culture and art.

Glubok’s work provides a highly serviceable examination of pottery painting, sculpture, architecture (including the Parthenon), jewelry, and coins; the illustrations represent all these art forms. In addition, Glubok provides brief definitions of concepts important to art,...

(The entire section is 413 words.)