Das Phänomen der unvollständigen Gestalt in der griechischen Kunst
Unterschiedliche Facetten eines besonderen DarstellungsmittelsDaidalos – Heidelberger Abschlussarbeiten zur Klassischen Archäologie
Although the ‘incomplete form’ is an element all so present within the narrative context of ancient Greek pictorial art, it has not yet received the attention it truly deserves. The systematic analysis of this phenomenon, notably on vase paintings, has shown that cutting-off a figure with a frame has to be understood as an intentional instrument, whose purpose was not only to save pictorial space but also to enlarge the action space. Regarding the principles of visual perception, incomplete forms could be used to convey special semantic information as well as to enhance the visual impact of the viewer.
Lucie Siftar has studied Classical Archaeology, Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Freiburg and Heidelberg. For many years she has been conducting fieldwork on behalf of the State Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments and has contributed to numerous university research projects on various topics of the ancient culture of early Europe and its adjacent regions. Since 2002 she is working as a freelance archaeologist for a wide range of academic book publications.