Mysteries of the Snake Goddess: Art, Desire, and the Forging of History Kenneth Lapatin
  • Title: Mysteries of the Snake Goddess: Art, Desire, and the Forging of History
  • Author: Kenneth Lapatin
  • ISBN: 9780618144754
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mysteries of the Snake Goddess: Art, Desire, and the Forging of History Kenneth Lapatin Mysteries of the Snake Goddess Art Desire and the Forging of History One of the most famous pieces of ancient Greek art a gold and ivory statuette of the Snake Goddess has been described as the most refined and precious relic of Minoan civilization Alas as Kenneth L
    One of the most famous pieces of ancient Greek art, a gold and ivory statuette of the Snake Goddess, has been described as the most refined and precious relic of Minoan civilization Alas, as Kenneth Lapatin reveals, not only is the Goddess almost certainly modern, but Minoan civilization as it has been reconstructed is largely an invention of the early twentieth century.One of the most famous pieces of ancient Greek art, a gold and ivory statuette of the Snake Goddess, has been described as the most refined and precious relic of Minoan civilization Alas, as Kenneth Lapatin reveals, not only is the Goddess almost certainly modern, but Minoan civilization as it has been reconstructed is largely an invention of the early twentieth century The Goddess s ivory and gold are of the wrong vintage, and the stories of her origins are even recent and problematic What makes this tale fascinating, however, is not the forgery but the motivations behind it Sir Arthur Evans, the legendary excavator of Knossos, romanticized a sophisticated prehistoric society, and restorers working for him obligingly supplied its artifacts Their creations formed the basis for further theories, which led to further deceptions Evans hailed Minoan culture as at once the starting point and the earliest stage in the highway of European civilization, yet its icons were largely fashioned by modern rather than ancient Cretans to suit the desires of scholars, museums, and the art market This astonishing book reads like a mystery, but it is also a major work of intellectual investigation, shedding light on the ways in which the past is reinvented to suit the needs of the present.
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    1. This outstanding, informative, and entertaining book uses the controversy surrounding the world famous Minoan Snake Goddess currently housed at the Boston Museum Legal and ethical questions of the piece residing the United States aside, the fascinating and evocative ivory statuette of an apparent goddess in Minoan garb bearing a snake in either hand is widely regarded as a masterpiece of Bronze Age Aegean art and has had a decisive role in supporting the interpretation of Minoan religion as godd [...]

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    2. For those interested in Crete, archaeology, art and history, this is a fascinating study.

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    3. This book was remarkable but made me quite sad It details the forgeries and reconstructions involved in the archaeological excavations of Minoan sites, and how a lot of what we believe about the Minoans is based on lies to be generous It is both severely disappointing to learn that something you have admired for years is probably not genuine, but it s also exciting to realize the work needed to reconstruct the culture and remove the misconceptions of the past Because the truth is always the most [...]

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    4. A real life art history mystery The Snake Goddess has been called the pinnacle of Minoan art, but nobody really knows where she is from As Lapatin digs down, we see how the history of the Minoan civilization is, in some ways, a product of Arthur Evans fervent wishes Lapatin does not respect Evans very much After reading some about him, I wish Lapatin had given us some of Evans emotional context His retreat into fantasy is understandable, considering his wife had died unexpectedly.

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    5. 3.5 stars This is some follow up reading to The King Must Die.I can tell what Lapatin was trying to do here, building up the mystery of the Boston Snake Goddessbut he is a nonfiction author, and definitely not a mystery writer It needed a good introduction instead of the strange prologue he gave it and it needed flow He does know just the sort of geeky details to include to keep readers like me interested He built his case well Though he apparently thought his reader wouldn t know what carbon d [...]

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    6. A pretty riveting book about sketchy acquisition and curatorial practices by museums in the early 20th century

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