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  • 1. THE FIGURE A brief look at representing The Figure, or the human form, in art history.
  • 2. PREHISTORY The figure has been the subject of artists for as long as we know.  From prehistory, we can see representations of the figure in both twodimensional and three-dimensional artwork.  The artwork also gives us a glimpse into the lives of people in that time period. 
  • 3. PREHISTORIC FIGURE Notice the disproportional dimensions.  What is emphasized in Venus of Willendorf  Figures are reduced to simple representations.  Movement of figures is poorly represented. Lascaux cave paintings, 14,000 B.C.E.  Venus of Willendorf, Found in village in lower Australia, 4 inches, 24,000 B.C.E – 22,000 B.C.E.
  • 4. ANCIENT EGYPTIAN FIGURE Produced from 5000 BCE to 1000BCE  Notice how the figure is more Representational, or realistic, than the prehistoric figure.  Notice the chest, or the heart, is always facing forward. 
  • 5. ANCIENT GREEK FIGURE  Notice change from Stylized, or painted with a style rather than realistic, the images on the early Greek pot are compared to the highly representational sculptures. Greek Pottery 6th - 4th Century BCE yron, Discobolus, 460 BCE Dying Gaul, circa 230 BCE M
  • 6. BYZANTINE FIGURE Stylized figure.  Notice elongated fingers.  Baby represented as small person.  What media do you think was made to create these?  Hagia Sophia in Constantinople 494 CE Cenni Di Pepo, Santa Trinita Madonna, 1240
  • 7. RENAISSANCE FIGURE First time in two dimensional work we see figure represented highly realistically.  What do you think took so long?  Figures have correct proportions.  Raphael, Detail: Apollo on Mount Parnassus, Donatello, Zuccone, Circa 1423