Prehistoric Aegean and Ancient Greece

9/26/13 Assignment

The Cycladic Islands have some of the best white marble in the world. This figure, in a common arms folded over stomach stance, is in such good shape because it was protected from erosion by paint. The islands were rich in iron, ores, copper, lead, gold, silver, emery, and obsidian. Paints are made from azurite and iron ores (blue and red).
The Minoans, well known for their stonework, were very involved with trade in the Paleolithic period. This bowl is influenced by Minoan trade with Egypt. The success of trade and the economy that came with it provided for a leisurely lifestyle for many. Many bowls like this were used to store oils.This bowl is made out of dark grey serpentine, a common material for the “bird's nest” variety.
Mycenaean artists adopted the Minoan way of free flowing and natural forms, but tended to be less life-like. This pot shows the high point in the pottery of that time.
Greek sculptures, still a bit rigid with unrealistic details (such as the hair), began to look more proportional in the Archaic era.
Classical Greek sculptures began to depict movement and realistic form.
The height of Greek sculpting took place in the Hellenistic era. Extremely realistic portrayals of emotion, age, facial expression, and proportions are prominent in this era.
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