Art History - 2

Topics: Sculpture, Ancient Rome, Girl Pages: 4 (1355 words) Published: May 6, 2012
Michael Cammarata

In this paper i will compare and contrast two ancient sculptures from the metropolitan museum of art, one greek and one roman. The first sculpture is the marble grave stele of a little girl. The second sculpture would be Marble Relief of a dancing maenad. Both are made at about the same time period in the 5th century b.c. Marble grave stele of a little girl is known to be found at the little girls grave, which is sad because she looks so young and innocent with her doves which might of been the doves from the olympics being that she was never aloud to attend them or could of been her pets. The marble relief of a dancing maenad was probably hung somewhere to show her beauty. Their are different types of sculptures, but both are bas or low relief. This means they are a projecting image with an overall depth. These sculptures were made of two of the most finest marble.

Grave stele of a little girl is dressed in a peplos. A simple woolen garment folded over at the top fastened at the shoulders, kinda reminds me of a robe of some sort. This little girl looks like she is growing into a young woman but sadly never made it their. The peplos looks a little big for her as i saw it was draping under her sandal maybe it was her mothers or maybe it was made for her to grow into. Relief with a dancing maenad wore a similar robe called a diaphanous chiton . Maenad often wore animal skin. This woman's clothing you can tell fit her very well by the way it was wrapped around her. Then again this was a way of the maenads. They were looked at for their beauty which might of been why it was fit so well. The way way she is moving in this dress can show a lot of her beauty. Both sculptures show the aspects being kinda the same of their dressing to their facial expressions hair and eyes.

The grave stele of a little girl is made of Parian marble which was considered one of the finest marbles for sculptures. The relief of dancing maenad was made from...
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