Ancient Aegean

Art from Ancient Greece and the Aegean from Cycladic to Hellenistic. The Cycladic piece is made from stone and is uniform in texture throughout. It is stiff, yet much more rounded than its Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Persian counterparts. The Minoan piece is in the shape of a bull, which was an extremely important animal and symbol to their culture as Bull jumping was a popular sport, much like Bull fighting in Spain is today. The Mycenaen piece is a mask hammered out from a solid sheet of gold. Mycenaen artwork usually has a lot of gold in it as they were conquerors in their time and extremely wealthy. The archaic Greek sculpture is of the goddess of the underworld. The statue has a lot of detail, but still has much of the rigidity and stiffness seen in these earlier works throughout the Mediterranean. The classical Greek piece represents the thoughts and ideals of the time. Though the face is not seen, the posture and clothing exude a calm and orderly air, which is the hallmark of that time period's sculptures. The statue of Meleager is a Hellenistic piece. The unclothed nature of the sculpture and the attention to musculature and facial features show how individuality and athleticism were valued in that culture as this almost lackadaisical posture was commonly portrayed throughout that time period.

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