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1 Creation across time and civilizations

2 Ancient Greek art was mainly comprised of vases, sculpture and architecture, lasted around 1,600 years and covered a number of different periods.

3 There were many phases from the 16th century BC, until the Greeks suffered defeat at the hands of the Romans at the Battle of Actium in 31 BCE. Mycenaean, Geometric, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic periods

4 The most common forms of pottery were amphorae for storing wine, large kraters for mixing wine with water, jugs (oinochoai) for pouring wine, kylixes or stemmed cups with horizontal handles for drinking (especially practical if lifting a cup from the floor when reclining on a lounger at dinner), hydra with three handles for holding water, skyphoi or deep bowls, and lekythoi jars for holding oils and perfumes. Precisely because these objects were for practical use, handles (when present) are generally sturdy, yet the potter, by using carefully considered shapes, often managed to blend these additions into the overall harmony of the vessel and was aided in this endeavor with subtle decorative additions by the painter.

5 For storing wine

6 For mixed water and wine

7 Water jar, usually 3 handled

8 For pouring wine

9 A cup for drinking

10 Jars for oil and perfume


12 The clay (keramos) to produce pottery (kerameikos) was readily available throughout Greece, although the finest was Attic clay, with its high iron content giving an orange-red color with a slight sheen when firediron Greek pottery was invariably made on the potters wheel and usually made in separate horizontal sections: the foot, the lower and upper body, the neck, and finally the handles, if necessary. These sections were then joined together with a clay slip

13 Next, the pot was decorated. This process depended on the decorative style in vogue at the time, but popular methods included painting the whole or parts of the vase with a thin black adhesive paint which was added with a brush, the marks of which remain visible in many cases The finished pot was then ready to be put in the kiln and fired at a temperature of around 960 °C, which is relatively low and explains the softness of Greek pottery (in comparison to, for example, Chinese porcelain). Pots were fired several times (in the same kiln) in order to achieve the required finish and coloringGreek pottery

14 Painter and potter were usually, although not always, separate specialists. However, lasting partnerships existed. Although artists were free from centralized political control or restrictions, they no doubt were driven by the market demand for particular styles, subjects, and fashions. Many potters and artists were prolific in their output and in some cases over 200 vases may be attributed to a single artist.

15 Typical decorations of marine and plant life and show a fondness for minimalistic linear designs, a trend which would go on to influence the early pottery of Archaic and Classical Greece from the 9th century BCE.

16 15-14 c. BCE terra cotta Chariot scene from a krater fragment 14-13 th c. BCE The periods: Mycenaean, Geometric, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic

17 From c. 1025 - 900 BCE, the Proto-Geometric phase saw pottery beginning to be decorated with simple shapes, black bands and wavy lines. Additionally, both technique in creating, and shapes of pots were being refined. The periods: Mycenaean, Geometric, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic


19 A striking change appears in Greek art of the seventh century B.C., the beginning of the Archaic period. The abstract geometric patterning that was dominant between about 1050 and 700 B.C. is supplanted in the seventh century by a more naturalistic style reflecting significant influence from the Near East and Egypt. Humans were includedgeometric patterningNear EastEgypt

20 The periods: Mycenaean, Geometric, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic From c. From c. 750/620-480 B.C.E Black attic figure work c. 6 th c. 8 th century

21 c. 480 to 300. From c. 480 to 300. Beginning about 610 B.C.E, vase painters showed silhouettes in black slip glaze on the red surface of the clay. Like the Geometric Period, vases frequently showed bands, referred to as "friezes," depicting separated narrative scenes, representing elements from mythology and daily life.friezes Near the end of the 6th century, red-figure became popular. It lasted until about 300 BCE Around 530 B. C. the red-figure technique is invented in Athens. It is the photonegative of the black-figure technique in that the figures are left in the red-orange color of the clay, having been outlined with a thick strip of black, and the background filled in with black.


23 Red and black figure pottery continues– the work varies little from the that of the late archaic period.

24 Similar to the classical period but less pottery is produced From roughly the late 4th century to the 1st century BCE West slope ware


26 Follows Mycenaean civilization and pulls from it. Ancient Greek 900 BCE – 30 BCE Geometric and Orientalizing Archaic Early and High Classical Late Classical Hellenistic Citadel of Mycenae inhabited from c. 1600- 1200 BCE Post and lintel and corbel construction Here: the Lion Gate

27 Mycenaean Art occurred from roughly 1550 to 1200 BC on the Greek mainland. Although the Mycenaean and Greek cultures were two separate entities, they occupied the same lands, successively. The latter learned a few thing from the former, including how to build gates and tombs. Besides architectural explorations including Cyclopean masonry and "beehive" tombs, the Mycenaean were awesome goldsmiths and potters. They raised pottery from merely functional to beautifully decorative

28 Architecture that will influence the ancient Greeks Citadel of Tiryns c. 1365 BCE

29 The whole palace complex was surrounded by a fortification wall of large unworked blocks (termed Cyclopean as it was believed that only the Cyclopes could have moved such massive stones). Such walls could reach 5o ft in height and be as much as 20 ft thick. Corbel galleries - arched corridors created by progressively overlapping stone blocks, circular stone tombs with corbelled roofs, and monumental doorways with massive stone lintels

30 Reconstruction drawing of the megaron in the palace at Pylos

31 Swords, daggers, masks, jewelry cups were buried with the wealthy

32 Mask of Agamemnon c. 1600-1550 Limestone, vault of 43 high and 476 diameter

33 Terracotta figurines of animals and especially standing female figures were popular, as were small sculptures in ivory, carved stone vessels and intricate gold jewelry. Frescoes depicted plants, griffins, lions, bull-leaping, battle scenes, warriors, chariots, figure-of- eight shields and boar hunts, a particularly popular Mycenaean activity.

34 Found in the palace at Mycenae Greece c. 1400-1200 2 ½ ivory

35 Around 1200 and the Homeric fall of Troy, the Mycenaean culture dwindled and died, followed by an artistic phase known both as Sub-Mycenaean and/or the "Dark Ages". This phase, lasting from c. 1100 - 1025 BC, saw a bit of continuity with the previous artistic doings, but no innovation.

36 What structures did they build? What can you say about the tombs? What was the art like? Do you remember the dates?


38 The geometric period Man and centaur

39 The sculptures were chiefly terra cotta figurines, bronzes and ivories. Bronzes were made with a lost wax technique Bronze horse 750 BCE warrior

40 700 BCE -480 BCE

41 Archaic Art, from c. 700 - 480 BC, began with an Orientalizing Phase (735 - 650 BC). In this, elements from other civilizations began to creep into Greek art. A large palace complex has been found at most of the Mycenaean centers. The complexes were built around a large rectangular central hall or Megaron. The Mycenaean Megaron was the precursor for later Archaic and Classical Greek temples. This was the heart of the palace and contained a large circular hearth (usually more than 3m in diameter) with four wooden columns supporting a holed ceiling or light- well. It was also the throne room of the ruler or wannax and many private apartments and areas set aside for administration, storage and manufacturing. Rooms were richly decorated with fresco paintings on the walls and plaster painted floors. Regarding materials, rooms in the palace were constructed with rubble fill and cross-beamed walls covered in plaster inside and limestone blocks outside. Columns and ceilings were usually of painted wood, sometimes with bronze additions

42 In this, elements from other civilizations began to creep into Greek art. The elements were those of the Near East (Orientalizing period) With the development of the Greek city- states came the construction of large temples and sanctuaries dedicated to patron deities, which signaled the rise of state religion. Each polis identified with its own legendary hero

43 Ancient Greek monumental sculpture was composed almost entirely of marble or bronze; Ordinary limestone was used in the Archaic period Originally painted 700 - 480 BC archaic period

44 Archaic Art, from c. 700 - 480 BCE The Archaic phase is best known for the beginnings of realistic depictions of humans and (no coincidence) monumental stone sculptures. It was during the Archaic that the limestone kouros (male) and kore (female) statues were created - always showing young, nude, smiling persons. Usually in Limestone. Few bronze figures exist

45 All sculpture from all periods were originally painted

46 Metope

47 c. 480-323 BCE

48 As with pottery, the Greeks did not produce sculpture merely for artistic display. Statues were commissioned either by aristocratic individuals or by the state, and used for public memorials, as offerings to temples, or as markers for graves. Statues in the Archaic period were not all intended to represent specific individuals. They were depictions of an idealbeauty, piety, honor or sacrifice.

49 It was during this period that human statues became so heroically proportioned. Of course, they were reflective of Greek Humanistic belief in the nobility of man and, perhaps, a desire to look a bit like gods - as well as the invention of metal chisels capable of working marble. Myrons discus thrower

50 Classical period saw changes in the style and function of sculpture, along with a dramatic increase in the technical skill of Greek sculptors in depicting realistic human forms. Poses also became more naturalistic, From about 500 BCE, Greek statues began increasingly to depict real people beginning The Classical Period also saw an increase in the use of statues and sculptures as decorations of buildings Few bronzes figures exist

51 More naturalistic Regal, God like humans and human like Gods


53 Nike adjusting her sandal From a part of the frieze on the Parthenon in Athens

54 Roman copy This is a 42-foot tall statue made of ivory and gold (over one ton of gold). The ivory was used for the skin, and the gold for her garments. Precious stones were put in as eyes, and intricate decorations were drawn out on her helmet. You see here a replica that is in Nashville The Classical Period also saw the addition of other materials to the sculpture

55 C 323 (death of Alexander the great to 32 BCE- battle of actium)

56 went a wee bit over the top. By the time Alexander had died, and things got chaotic in Greece as his empire broke apart, Greek sculptors had mastered carving marble. They were so technically perfect, that they began sculpt impossibly heroic humans. People simply do not look as flawlessly symmetrical or beautiful in real life, as those sculptures -

57 Death of Laocoon Winged victory of Samothrace large, multi-figure groups with great detail and emotional intensity and drama

58 Bas relief

59 Archaic, classical or Hellenistic?

60 Geometric Archaic classical or Hellenistic ?

61 Enormously influential Greek architecture is one of the staple forms of architecturearguably the most used style in history. The earliest Greek temples themselves were made of wood or brick, and then eventually builders turned to limestone and marble. The architecture was designed to be aesthetically perfect. The temples were considered to be dwelling places for gods, as Ancient Greek culture centered itself around gods. They built temples as houses for their many gods (who often looked and acted like humans). They prayed at these temples and brought offerings for the different gods. William Thornton

62 Doric, Ionic and Corinthian Ancient Greek architecture is best known its temples, many of which are found throughout the region, mostly as ruins but many substantially intact.

63 The Doric order: the columns vertical shafts were fluted with 20 parallel concave grooves; and they were topped by a smooth capital that flared from the column to meet a square abacus. It was most popular in the Archaic Period(750-480 BC) in mainland Greece. The Paestum, in what is now Italy Entablature capital column Massive columns, no base


65 440-415 BCE HephaestusHephaestus was the patron god of metal working and craftsmanship.

66 The Ionic Order. The Ionic column is always more slender than the Doric. Ionic columns are most often fluted– 24 to keep the columns standard. Entablature is the Ionic order originated in the mid-6th century BC in Ionia, the southwestern coastland Temple of Artemis– a copy built in Istanbul. The original was destroyed in 401 Sits on a base Scrolled capital

67 Built in the 5th c. The ultimate in Doric order It is the most important surviving building of classic Greece

68 The Corinthian order: found during the Late Classical Period (430-323 BC) but it was the style favored by the Romans in their architecture. The Corinthian order used a column topped with an ornate capital with acanthus leaves and small scrolls. The rest of the Corinthian order was the same as the Ionic order


70 Doric design columns. It was most popular in the Archaic Period (750-480 BC) in mainland Greece.Archaic Period

71 Doric design columns. It was most popular in the Archaic Period (750-480 BC) in mainland Greece.Archaic Period

72 Classical Art (480 - 323 BC) was created during a "golden age", from the time Athens rose to prominence, to Greek expansion and right up until the death of Alexander the Great. It was during this period that human statues became so heroically proportioned. Of course, they were reflective of Greek Humanistic belief in the nobility of man and, perhaps, a desire to look a bit like gods - as well as the invention of metal chisels capable of working marble.

73 Ancient Greek architects strove for the precision and excellence of workmanship that are the hallmarks of Greek art in general. The formulas they invented as early as the sixth century B.C. have influenced the architecture of the past two millennia. The two principal orders in Archaic and Classical Greek architecture are the Doric and the Ionic. In the first, the Doric order, the columns are fluted and have no base. The capitals are composed of two parts consisting of a flat slab, the abacus, and a cushion-like slab known as the echinus. On the capital rests the entablature, which is made up of three parts: the architrave, the frieze, and the cornice. The architrave is typically undecorated except for a narrow band to which are attached pegs, known as guttae. On the frieze are alternating series of triglyphs (three bars) and metopes, stone slabs frequently decorated with relief sculpture. The pediment, the triangular space enclosed by the gables at either end of the building, was often adorned with sculpture, early on in relief and later in the round

74 ART The Parthenon The Venus de milo Corinthian order A frieze Black figure ware A krater A calyx Classical period sculpture STYLES Found in architecture or on pottery Uses acanthus leaves for decoration Used to hold wine with water Hellenistic sculpture Celebrated the goddess Athena A very flat bowl on a stem Very realistic maybe a little stiff Introduced in the archaic period Cleaning room, sketchbook, reflections, next week….

75 What are the not so obvious differences between them? What is this building? Where is it located What was once inside of it that is no longer there? What are the visible architectural elements? During what time period was it built? New term: the acropolis


77 Caryatid at the acropolis in Athens– one of the most famous Note the pose:contrapasto A caryatid is a female figure which serves as a column

78 THE TERM 1. Kourous 2. krater 3. The pediment 4. Black figure painting 5. hellenistic 6. ionic 7. entablature 8. capital 9. Doric THE DEFINITION 1. Late Greek period (after the death of Alexander the great) 2. The horizontal band that sits on top of the columns 3. The top of a column 4. The triangular part of a building on top of the columns 5. The first order of columns 6. Columns that have a base and a scroll on top 7. Wide mouth bowl for mixing wine and water 8. Ceramic ware in which the color of the pottery defines the area around the people 9. An archaic period sculpture 10. Columns without a base

79 A little friendly competition

80 a a b c d e

81 What culture predated the Greek culture but inhabited the same islands? Who defeated the Greeks in 31 BCE? Who built beehive tombs? What was the last period (chronologically) of the Greek civilization? During this period the sculptures favorited stiff, smiling, large eyed youths


83 What is the term for a decorative strip on pottery or a strip of carvings under the pediment What do you call a sculpted woman that serves as a pillar? What word means high city in Greek? What was the name of a shallow dish on a stem that was used to drink out of


85 The Venus de milo and winged victory of Samothrace were both from what period of ancient Greece? What came first black attic ware or red? What do you call a sculpture that is carved on the surface of a wall? What do you call the doorway construction that is made of two upright pillars and a cross beam?


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