Presentation on theme: "Art of the Greek Golden Age. Before we look at Greek art, we need to know WHAT to look for and HOW to interpret what we see. WHAT do you see in the image."— Presentation transcript:
Before we look at Greek art, we need to know WHAT to look for and HOW to interpret what we see. WHAT do you see in the image above? HOW might you interpret it to construct information about the artists culture and values?
Anavysos Kouros, c. 525 BCE, marble. Freestanding Greek Sculpture BEFORE the Persian Wars -If its a female, its called Kore/Korai usually portray priestesses, nymphs always clothed -If its a male its called Kouros/Koroi Usually portray heroes, deities always nude Peplos Kore, c. 530 BCE, marble.
WHAT do you see in these statues? Are they realistic? Are they natural? Are they beautiful? HOW might you interpret what you see?
Freestanding Greek Sculpture AFTER the Persian Wars (looks a bit different, no?) Kritian Boy, c. 480 BCE, marble.
MAJOR breakthroughs come with the Golden Age & are evident in Greek Art: HUMANISM RATIONALISM IDEALISM
What do these sculptures share in common? How are they different? How do we see more Humanism, Rationalism, & Idealism in the Kritian Boy than in the Anavysos Kouros?
HUMANISM After the Kritian Boy, sculpture became even more life-like as artists embraced a humanistic interest in the body -Careful study of human form: muscle, flesh, bone -Understanding of bodys movement in space -Calm, confident pose and facial expression Riace Warrior B, c. 460-450 BCE, bronze.
RATIONALISM -Mathematical study: proportions, units of measurement, systems for understanding relationships of body parts to each other -BALANCE of tension and relaxations throughout the sculpture -For Polykleitos, Beauty = Good Spear-Bearer by Polykleitos, c. 440 BCE, marble. Spear-Bearer
IDEALISM -What is the most BEAUTIFUL? -Exploring new poses to find beauty – seemingly everyday moment -Delicacy of her drapery, sliding off her shoulder -Erotic? Nike Adjusting her Sandal, c. 410-405 BCE, marble.
Humanism, Rationalism, Idealism Disc Thrower by Myron, c. 450 BCE, marble.