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Ancient Greek Art Part 3. Classical Sculpture 480-320 BCE.

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1 Ancient Greek Art Part 3

2 Classical Sculpture BCE

3 Classical Sculpture Key Ideas Contrapposto – Innovation in stance of sculpture Idealized form in a naturalistic, but general manner Classical canon of proportion developed by Polykleitos (head is 1/7 size of body) Late period (Praxiteles as most prominent sculptor) made head 1/8 of body

4 Kritios Boy, marble. Transition piece from Archaic to Classical Named after artist Introduction of contrapposto!!! Body turned slightly, while head turns slightly the other way, leading viewer’s eyes to move over statue

5 How is this different than the Archaic style? Point out as many differences as possible.

6 The Discus Thrower, Myron, marble copy of bronze original Movement capture mid- swing Frontal view Idealized heroic body Pose looks pleasing, but can’t throw that way! Expressionless face

7 Spear Bearer, Polykleitos, marble copy from bronze original Alternating tense/relaxed Closed composition Broad shoulders Canon of proportions He ignores your attention Warrior/athlete Spartan ideal

8 Warrior, bronze

9 Nike Adjusting Her Sandal, marble From Temple of Athena Nike High relief (not in the round) Not nude, but suggestion of form under wet drapery

10 Aphrodite of Knidos, Praxiteles, marble copy Meant to be viewed voyeuristically S-curves of body Sensual nude, innovative for female nudity

11 Scraper, Lysippos, marble copy from bronze original Only sculptor known to be chosen by Alexander the Great to create his portrait Athlete scraping off oil and dirt after competition Arms extend into space lanky body Smaller head Torsion, twisting of knee Breaks from frontal viewing

12 Hellenistic Art BCE

13 Hellenistic Sculpture Key Ideas Focus shifts to the emotion of the individual Expressionism Use of negative space Intended to be viewed from all sides More movement, twisting forms

14 Gallic Chieftain Killing His Wife and Himself, marble copy after bronze original Enemy leader kills his wife, then himself Twisting Emotional Heroic Hair is disheveled Barbarians

15 Dying Gaul, marble copy of bronze original Trumpeter/soldier collapsing and near death Viewed from all around Blood oozes form wound Barbarian foe seen as heroic – heightens the victory Great emotion Realistic Twisting Compare to archaic dying warrior

16 Nike of Samothrace, marble. Once part of a fountain Wet drapery look Commemorates naval victory Dramatic twisting of torso contrapposto

17 Aphrodite of Melos (Venus de Milo), marble Reminiscent of classical, but turning form of Hellenistic Nude Erotic S- curves One hand held an apple (her symbol)

18 Laocoon, Rhodes Sculptors, marble Trojan priest who attempted to warn Troy about the horse – punished by the gods who supported the Greeks Emotional, high drama Twisting forms Mostly frontal, but can be viewed from any angle Curved forms make your eye wander Tremendous negative space

19 More Hellenistic


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