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Portraits and politics in classical Greece and early imperial China: an institutional approach to comparative art

Tanner, JJ; (2016) Portraits and politics in classical Greece and early imperial China: an institutional approach to comparative art. Art History , 39 (1) pp. 10-39. 10.1111/1467-8365.12191. Green open access

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Abstract

This article develops a comparative approach to the history of portraiture in classical Greece and early imperial China, with a particular focus on institutions of state honorific portraiture. It argues that a key role in the development of portraiture in classical Greece and early imperial China was played by the formation of differentiated political organisation in the two societies, and the need to develop new forms of reward symbolism to engage emergent elites in the project of state building entailed by the new forms of political organisation. The distinctive forms and formats of portraiture in the two traditions were shaped by the specific character of the political organisation of the two states, democratic and monarchic respectively, and by the correspondingly distinctive social values which informed elite bodily comportment in each case.

Type: Article
Title: Portraits and politics in classical Greece and early imperial China: an institutional approach to comparative art
Location: United Kingdom
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/1467-8365.12191
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8365.12191
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Association of Art Historians 2015. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: [Tanner, J. (2016), Portraits and Politics in Classical Greece and Early Imperial China: An Institutional Approach to Comparative Art. Art History, 39: 10–39. doi: 10.1111/1467-8365.12191], which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8365.12191. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: Portraits, comparative art, classical Greece, early imperial China, art and the body, physiognomics, art and politics
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1463314
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