acient greek art essay
The history of ancient Greek Sculpture for the most part is composed of three different periods: the Archaic, the Classical, and the Hellenistic. The Archaic is fairly rigid and primal; Classical sculpture becomes more refined and true to life; and finally Hellenistic is elaborate and very ornamental. Greek architecture is classified in a similar way by dividing it into three different time periods- the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. Doric columns were very plain, with the Ionic era they became much more attractive and with a little more decoration, and finally the Corinthian columns were very embellished and beautiful.
The Archaic period is from 800-500 BC. throughout this era sculptures would be positioned on pedestals that lined the path to a temple, or for marking graves. The statue would be either male or female figure in a fairly rigid pose. The male statues are called kouroi ("young men") they represented warriors, god’s, and athletes. Female statues are called korai they depict (clothed) priestesses, goddesses, and nymphs. During the Archaic period, Greek artists tried to attain realistic resemblance of the human figure, resulting in statues that were a far cry from