Chapters 3 & 4
True we don’t know exactly how art began, but art on it's own cannot be created without an artist.
Although art dates from thousands of years ago, great art especially in painting and sculpture developed in Greece. Just before 500BC there was the greatest discovery within art, foreshortening, which is a technique used to give the impression of three-dimensional volume giving perspective to the human figure or object.
During this period Greeks began to question the old traditions that had been consistently emulated for many years ongoing and began to observe nature using their eyes and experimenting more with different techniques and processes. The sculptors were the first to rome from the old traditions followed by the painters who were equally if not more famous than sculptors at this time. As sculptors tried out new ideas and new ways of representing the human figure it became a trend for others to begin making new discoveries of their own. Even though the Egyptian method was technically safer and didn’t backfire, the Greeks weren’t easily put off. Although they didn’t follow the Egyptian method any more the Greeks still tried to make their figures as clear in outline as possible.
Nearly all the famous statues of the ancient world were perished, the reason for this was that after the victory of Christianity it was considered their soul duty to destroy any statue of the gods or those that had any relation to the gods. Weak imitations of these statues were made which led to many believing that the Greek statues had that chalky appearance like old fashioned drawing classes.
Myron managed to achieve an astonishing effect of movement through adapting very ancient artistic methods, he conquered movement just as painters conquered space.
The fifth century was purely a creative voyage, discovering new ideas, new techniques and roaming free from old traditions that had previously been... [continues]
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