Art history essay on Adopting an approach

932 Words Jan 13th, 2014 4 Pages
Martin Robertson and Mary Beard’s manuscript, Adopting an Approach, focuses on the study of Athenian pottery. The manuscript begins, by describing Sir John Beazley and his revolutionary method of studying Greek vases. The Beazley Method focuses on the technical conventions of Greek Vases such as naming the artist, dating the pieces and then grouping them based off of similar characteristics. Beazley “provided for the first time a comprehensive framework of analysis for Athenian painting, and a way of dating and classifying.” (Pg. 16) However, what Beard’s main argument suggests is that it is not the artists that help us understand the importance of the vases because even if a vase is assigned to a specific time period or artist, there is …show more content…
This particular kylix is a good example because it shows how the women contradict each other and through this piece we can understand the jobs of each type of woman and we can speculate how they balanced one another out in Athenian society.
Adopting an Approach has many strong arguments and claims throughout the manuscript. Particularly in the beginning, Beard does a great job of enticing the assumed college-level reader and relating to that specific audience. She does this when explaining, “understanding the images around us,” by talking about a French perfume advertisement. By doing this, she relates to the age group that would be reading this manuscript by combining something that they might be familiar with, to something they are unfamiliar with. Although this is initially a strong way to go about attracting the reader, it needs to be done at the right moments. On pages fourteen and fifteen, she gives many more unrelated examples, which ultimately, causes the reader to forget the original point trying to be made. Beard’s claim needed to be made quicker, before the reader loses sight of what the article is about. If this article were to be published in the Undergraduate’s Guide to Art History, I would eliminate a lot of the extra examples that aren’t necessary to get…

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