From Ancient Greece to Giacometti
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Combining fascinating detail with a rigorous account that spans three millennia, The Colossal argues that the artist who best understood and tapped into the kolossos was Alberto Giacometti. Mason shows that the Swiss sculptor and painter’s work articulated themes of death and mourning in ways rarely seen since the art of archaic Greece, themes most evident in his enigmatic work, The Cube. From the monolithic sculptures of long-dead civilizations to Giacometti’s imposing and unsettling heads, The Colossal is an innovative book that traces unexplored thematic threads through visual history.
1. Locating the Colossal
2. Obelisks on the Move
3. The Colossal Statues of Easter Island
4. Colossal Heads
5. Collecting Moai
6. Technology and Surrealism
List of Illustrations
"Peter Mason spans the centuries with a broad sweep. Taking the Colossos of Rhodes, the Roman Colosseum, the Easter Island statues, the gigantic heads of the Olmecs and Egyptian obelisks, the author develops a theory of the colossal that goes beyond size. . . . Mason convincingly links the ancient world with the twentieth century, showing yet again how the past and present are entwined."