Greek Art Analyses

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The Archaic Greek period was between the 8th and 6th centuries B.C.E., when what would later be leading characteristics of Greek art can be seen in their earliest form. Most sculptors of human beings we see that the body’s and faces are fairly abstract; as time evolved so did the tradition, sculptors aimed increasingly at giving their statues a lifelike, considerable presence. They observed human bodies more attentively and copied them more faithfully, leading eventually to a style we know as naturalism. The main reason for this was because most of their statues were of their gods. The more believable the statue was the more present to believers the deity seemed. Ever sanctuary had a god or goddess in it. On such statue is Kroisos 530 BC Archaic Period Marble 6'4 grave in Anavysos kouros statue much more naturalistic than in other periods the rounded cheeks and hips natural and hair. Was originally painted (eyes, lips etc.), but Greeks normally left the flesh the color of the stone. The man Kroisos died in war. The statue base says that Ares (God of war) destroyed him whilst he was in war-stands in the typical Egyptian stance (one foot forward). The Golden Age which dates between 480 to 323 B.C.E.; although all ancient Greek and Roman art is broadly know as classical, the art during these decades was considered to be the finest of the finest. Take for example “Warrior A” a bronze statue with bone and glass eyes, silver teeth, and copper lips and nipples. You see the Greek concern with lifelike representation flowered fully in statues. This virile male body, its anatomy distilled from observing hundreds of athletic physiques. The pose the Greeks invented it express the potential for motion inherent in a standing human was vigilant contrapposto. The reason Bronze was the most favored material for freestanding sculptors in ancient Greece yet few examples survive because the material was too valuable most of the time the sculptors were melted down most likely to...
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