Art in Greece

Art in Greece

Art in Greece

Art in Greece

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This book is not a history of Greek art. There are many in print already, both in French and in other languages, and, even if fitted to undertake it, I could hardly treat a subject of such importance--for many reasons one of the most difficult there is--in a few hundred pages. It would barely be possible to give a dry summary gleaned from my predecessors, savants to whose labours I have gone for guidance, and I should not have been able to take into account those numberless detailed monographs which, keeping pace with new discoveries, ofttimes complete and revise the conclusions already arrived at. I shall refer with all the less scruple to those general histories of art which each have their own merit and of which France has so generous a share, thanks to Collignon and Perrot. Thus it will be easy for the reader to check what I say and himself to add abundant examples to those which I select.

Neither do I claim to set forth a philosophy of Greek art. Not that the subject lacks interest: I know of none more interesting nor which more merits the undertaking; but not only is it a subject which few could handle, but equally the complete initiation that would be necessary, even before one could begin to study it, is far from being within the reach of everybody. Nothing, indeed, is less clear in most people's minds than their notion of æsthetics, and the principle of æsthetics is the corner-stone of the whole question. Thus the first thing necessary would be for the author and reader to understand one another on this essential point, and a whole series of abstruse and nice definitions would be required to introduce the subject, and however brief one essayed to be, however patiently the reader might follow these deductions step by step, the hors d'œuvre would be in danger of becoming . . .

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