The Development of Greek and Roman art, architecture, culture and its Influence on the history of European art and culture through the centuries
Giants of the Arts
Instructor Mallory Pearce
Have you ever wondered where the beautiful paintings and the magnificent buildings we see in our cities come from? All of these wonderful books and scriptures of knowledge come from civilizations we call and recognize today as ancient Greece and Rome. There are many phenomenal people who helped change society to what it is today. These individuals probably had no idea that they would become known as great artists, sculptures and architects.
The Development of Greek and Roman art. Art has become more of an important factor in our world today. We use art to express our feelings and sometimes to help explain the history of our civilization. Early Greek art was created somewhere around the mid fifth century. Egyptians played an important role in the upbringing of art as we know of it today. Over time, Rome developed their own interpretation and style of creating masterpieces. In the past, art was seen as a way to symbolize the leaders and figures of power. Like Egypt during the pharaoh times, Greece followed their beliefs in the many Gods for example; Ares was known to many as the god of war. There were many cultural and religious differences within the centuries. It is obvious that the gods during this time were worshiped with praise and with fear. The many different statues that we see today all had a meaning of some type. For instance, most art work from this period in which we speak can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It is amazing how the art from so many years ago can be preserved so well and still be seen in our historic museums. Although the artwork may be worn or chipped away from time and weather, they are still viewed as priceless artifacts that explain more than we think.
Looking at the buildings
Cited: Kren, Emil and Daniel Marx. Web Gallery of Art. n.d. 5 November 2013 .