Douris and the Painters of Greek Vases

Douris and the Painters of Greek Vases

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Douris and the Painters of Greek Vases

Douris and the Painters of Greek Vases

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The translator of M. Pottier's monograph on Douris has kindly asked me to write, by way of preface, a few words on the relation of Greek vase-painting to Greek literature and to Greek mythology. I do this with the more pleasure because this relation has, I think, been somewhat seriously misunderstood, and M. Pottier's delightful monograph which, thanks to Miss Kahnweiler, is now given to us in English form, should do much to clear away misconception and to set the matter before us in a light at once juster and more vivid.

First let us consider for a moment the relation between Greek art and Greek literature.

In classical matters we are all of us, scholars and students alike, bred up in a tradition that is literary. Our earliest contact with the Greek mind is through Greek poets, historians, philosophers. This is well, for these remain -- all said -- the supreme revelation. But this priority of literary contact begets, almost inevitably, a . . .

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