Art History Gallery Project

This gallery has six pieces of art that each depict a different era and culture in the Ancient World. These pieces come from eras such as Cycladic, Minoan, Mycenaean, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic.

Cycladic Art (3000-2000 BCE) - This piece portrays the Cycladic image of the body perfectly because of the emphasis on the breasts and the crossed arms over the stomach which symbolized fertility. It's size is quite small which is common of Cycladic artwork. This size was usual of these pieces of artwork because they were associated with graves. This piece of artwork has good proportions which relates to the fact that Cycladic artwork valued realistic proportions.
Minoan (1600-1200 BCE) - This jug is a piece of Minoan art because of the distinct paintings on it. Minoan artwork portrayed nature prominently in their artwork. Minoan artwork valued beauty and usually depicted sea motifs. This vase shows the most commonly depicted sea motif - octopuses.
Mycenaean (1600-1200 BCE) - Sculptures were not commonly associated with Mycenaean artwork, but there were a couple sculptures pieces that were. These pieces of artwork commonly portrayed goddess with exposed breasts and headdresses. This had to do with the cultures strong ties to their Gods and the need to bring them closer to humanity for the sake of worship.
Archaic (600-480 BCE) - Archaic artwork brought a revolution in vase painting which introduced the concept of red-figure vase painting. This vase shows this technique through the orangish background and the black figures. Most of the vases of this time period portrayed violent scenes, much like this vase does. This expressed the strength the Greeks wanted to portray through their artwork.
Classical (480-323 BCE) - This statue shows the proportions of man in a perfect light, which was common of Classical artwork. The statue is made out of marble which is a common medium for Greek sculptures in this era. The Classical sculptors of this era portrayed the real world rather than the idealized image of Gods and people.
Hellenistic (323-30 BCE) - This statue depicts the style of Hellenistic artwork which portrayed common people and the lower class people of Greek society. This statue portrays a dancer in an almost erotic way, which is very different from classical artwork which was much classier. Hellenistic artists enjoyed exploring new subjects to sculpt and brought to life the people you would never expect to be seen in artwork.
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