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  • Realistic weight shift.
  • Movement. Two arcs. Concentrated force, like a tightly stretched bow.
  • Ideal proportions of ideal male body. Realistic weight shift.
  • Combination of structural strength and graceful beauty.
  • Figure on stage in action. Historical subject. Realism. Suffering.
  • Strength and grace. Make stone appear light. Sculpting movement (wind blown fabric).
  • Theme of suffering. Realistic sculpting of action. Deliberate disproportion of sons.
  • Trying to make stone look soft, like the human body.
  • Realistic weight shift.

Greek sculpture Greek sculpture Presentation Transcript

  • The Development of Greek Sculpture
  • What do you see?
  • 450-440 B.C.E.540-515 B.C.E. c. 240 B.C.E.
  • Archaic Period Classical Period Hellenistic Period700 B.C.E 480 B.C.E 323 B.C.E 30 B.C.EHomer Age of Pericles (461-429) Death of Alexander the Great (323)
  • Astartec. 1700 B.C.E.SyriaMantiklos Apolloc. 680 B.C.E.Bronze, 8” high
  • Kourosc. 600-590 B.C.E.marble, 6’1” highKroisosc. 540-515 B.C.E.marble, 6’4” high
  • Menkaure andWife2,500 B.C.E.Kourosc. 600-590 B.C.E.
  • Kore630 B.C.E.Limestone, 24”Korec. 530 B.C.E.Marble, 48”
  • Archaic Period Classical Period Hellenistic Period700 B.C.E 480 B.C.E 323 B.C.E 30 B.C.E
  • Kritios Boyc. 480 B.C.E.Marble, 46”
  • MyronDiscobolosc. 450 B.C.E.Roman marble copyof bronze original
  • PolykleitosDoryphorosc. 450-440 B.C.E.Marble, 6’6”Roman copy“. . . [beauty consists] in theproportions, not of theelements, but of the parts, thatis to say, of finger to finger, andof all the fingers to the palmand the wrist, and of these tothe forearm, and of the forearmto the upper arm, and of all theother parts to each other, asthey are set forth in the Canonof Polykleitos.”- Galen, 2nd century C.E.
  • Zeus ( Poseidon)c. 460 - 450 B.C.E.Bronze
  • PraxitelesAphrodite of Cnidus4th c. B.C.E.Roman marble copy
  • Porch of the Maidens, the Erechtheum, Acropolis, Athens, 421-405 B.C.E.
  • Archaic Period Classical Period Hellenistic Period700 B.C.E 480 B.C.E 323 B.C.E 30 B.C.E
  • Dying Gaulc. 240 B.C.E.Roman marble copyafter bronze original
  • Nike of Samothracec. 190 B.C.E.Marble, 8’ high
  • Laocoon1st cent. B.C.E.Marble, 8’ high
  • Aphrodite of Melos150 - 100 B.C.E.Marble, 6’ 10” high
  • Archaic• Stiff• Painted colorfully• Big and bold• Naked men, clothed women – androgynous• Very symmetrical, but not proportional• Blank, standard faces w/ big eyes• Idealized, not lifelike, stylized• Same pose, based by egyptian
  • Classical• More natural poses• Perfectly beautiful bodies – ideal proportions• Realistic – muscle and bone• Don’t show emotion
  • Hellenistic• Heroic, flawed• Idealized body• Snapshot of life, shows a story• Emotion• Relate, connect to them• Fluid poses, motion• Technical skill, skin, fabric, faces, hair
  • Quiz
  • Portrait bust of a man1st c. B.C.E.Roman
  • Progress?