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Title: Greek Art and Culture

Greek Art and Culture
Greek Art and Culture
  • Concerned with creating the perfect individual
  • Balance between the intellectual and physical
    (beauty and harmony)
  • Human form was focal point of art
  • Greeks encouraged all forms of art
  • Broken into three periods
  • -Archaic 600-480 BCE
  • -Classic 480-323 BCE
  • -Hellenistic 323-150 BCE

Greek Sculpture
  • Pre-Archaic-Rigid, did not represent
  • real people
  • Archaic-More natural and realistic,
  • less idealized, from observation
  • Classic- Arts flourished after war-
  • worked in bronze-very natural-still a
  • bit rigid and severe
  • Hellenistic- Began after a war
  • disrupted Classical Greece-more
  • concerned with action and emotion

The Kritios Boy
  • 480 BCE Marble 310 Late Archaic/Early
    Classic Period Acropolis
    Museum, Athens
  • -Amazing because he actually stands-not held by a
  • -Arms are free, not bound by part of the original
  • -Weight rest mainly on the left leg- relaxed
  • -contrapposto- Technique of sculpting the human
    figure in a pose that puts the weight of the body
    in balance. Weight is on one leg with shoulders
    and hips in counterbalance of each other
    naturally so that the figure does not fall over.
  • -Shows that artist understood that different body
    parts work as a system
  • -Brings the sculpture to life

Charioteer of Delphi
  • 470 BCE Bronze Classic Period 71
  • Archaeological Museum, Delphi Found
  • -originally stood on chariot drawn by four
  • - The sculpture depicts the driver of the
    chariot race at the moment when he presents his
    chariot and horses to the spectators in
    recognition of his victory.
  • - meant to honor Apollo
  • -bronze cast in section and then put
  • -inclined slightly to one side
  • -left arm missing
  • -inlaid glass in the eyes with copper and
    silver accents around the eyes and head

Nike of Samothrace
  • 190 BCE Hellenistic Period Marble 8
    The Louvre, Paris
  • forward movement
  • Right arm was forward but they were never
  • notable for its naturalistic pose and for the
    rendering of the figure's draped garments
  • Fun Fact- The Rolls Royce radiator figurine,
    Spirit of Ecstasy,
  • is based on the Nike
  • Probably celebrating a naval victory
  • Probably stood on the prow of a ship overlooking
    the Sanctuary of the Great Gods