Ancient Greek Art- Cycladic to Hellenistic Cultures

This is a female statue from Cycladic culture. In Cycladic art the most popular form of artwork was marble or stone statuettes. Like the statue pictured above they most commonly represented nude women, or the deceased. In Cycladic culture they valued the harmony of parts and proportion in their artwork, as you can see the female statue is very well proportioned.
The largest art form in Minoan culture was Frescoe paintings. These murals depicted rituals, landscapes, sea-scapes, etc. The mural above is good representation of a mural depicting a ritual or performance of some kind.
This piece of art is particular to Mycenaean culture, because the Mycenaeans buried their kings in deep graves with gold funerary masks like the one above. This particular mask would have been worn on a king at his funeral. The Mycenaeans were also known for their luxury items, like this gold mask. 
This is a vase from the Archaic Greek period. When Greece began to trade with Egypt and Near East, foreign styles began to influence their own myths and customs, and archaic art emerged. The thing that is most indicative of this era, is the subject matter and look of the vase. During this time red-figure vase painting became popular, and Greek artists experimented with foreshortening. During this time the Athens also established the Panathenaic games, which was like the olympics. So the figures on the vase represent the athletes of the games of this time. 
This is a sculpture of a man from the Classical Greek Era. This sculpture is indicative of this era because in Classical Greece artists began to focus more on real world appearances of people, then on the ideal look of perfect beings. As you can see this man has slight bags around his eyes, and wrinkles on his forehead. These features are breaking away from the idealistic model of greek artwork, and portraying a more realistic portrait of people.
This sculpture represents the era of Hellenistic Greek Art through its use of intense body movement. At this time Greek artists broke most rules of classical design, and explored new subjects, as well as looked at old subjects in new ways. They began to depict unbridled emotion, and violent movement in their sculptures. The sculpture above is indicative of this era by the strong violent movement in the pose.
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