Cronus and his childern

This gallery of sculptures looks into the different styles and depictions of the Cronus and his children Zeus, Poseidon, Demeter and Hera.

In this sculpture of the Greek God Zeus, we can see the artist depicted Zeus having a thick full head of hair that comes down over his wavy beard. The artist most likely chose this visual as it was the style for men in that period. Men with full heads of hair and a large beard were probably seen as handsome and as we all know Zeus was considered very sexual in nature. The shape of his hair follows a distinct wavy pattern with thick locks of hair instead of thin hair strands.
This sculpture of Zeus shows him standing at an angle, which I find interesting because of the nature of his being. The artist must have seen Zeus as a relaxed, calm God. The marble looks very smooth unlike some of the other sculptures. He facial expression is very similar to that of the first one and his hair follows an identical pattern. This artist's style shows that people of that period had the same image of Zeus.
This artist's sculpture also follows the same design as the previous two, the hair and face are almost identical. The robes have the same shape, this leads me to believe that royalty of that period dressed like this. As in the previous image, Zeus's body is lean and muscular.
This depiction of Zeus is much different from the others and from the dates it can be said that this piece was sculpted much later. The hair and beard are still very bushy, but instead of a wavy pattern, it is curly. His hair is also much more rounded and this could be because of the time period. Artists may have see beauty in a different way in this period. This sculpture has rough texture which seems to match his facial expression of anger or disgust.
This piece is vastly different from the sculptures of Zeus, but I think it is fitting for Poseidon as the cool blue matches the water of the sea. I also like that his eyes are black as the sea can be very dark the deeper you go. He hair and beard have a more detailed patterned unlike that of Zeus.
This sculpture of Demeter is the first of the female Goddesses. Her hair follows a similar pattern of the other gods, but unlike the other gods, she has a hat on her head. The texture looks rough and it has a tan, white look to it. Her jaw line is rounded and her facial expression is emotionless just as the rest.
This piece is completely different from the other Demeter pieces. This artist depicts her with long wavy hair. Demeter looks much heavier and her face matches this. Both Demeter pieces were created in the same time period, but came out completely different leading me to believe depictions of Demeter were not commonly agreed on. Her clothing follows the same shape as Zeus.
8. This sculpture is different from every other sculpture in this galley. Her hair does not follow the same shape or pattern as the rest. Her hair is only defined on the edges and then flattens out. Her face is much more detailed as you can see the indentions around her nose and chin. The texture looks very smooth except around the nose.
This sculpture of Hera looks younger than most of the other God's in this gallery, which leads me to believe this God was childish or was seen as being youthful. Short hair like that of Demeter, but this artist kept to the wavy hairstyle. The lips have unnatural crease unlike the other sculptures.
This sculpture is a much newer piece, but I wanted to show what an artists saw Cronus as. This sculpture is much smaller in size, but vastly more detailed. The movement in this piece is also shown nicely and it gives off emotion. You can tell this piece came out of a totally different period from the rest as almost everything about it is different. The one part of this piece that is similar is the hair in the Cronus, it is wavy and thick like that of his son Zeus
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