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Art history essay on Adopting an approach

Martin Robertson and Mary Beard's manuscript, Adopting an Approach, focuses on the study of Athenian pottery. The manuscript begins, by describing Sir John Bagley and his revolutionary method of studying Greek vases. The Bagley 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. Bagley "provided for the first time a comprehensive framework of analysis for Athenian painting, and a way of dating and classifying. (Pig. 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...

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