Art of Ancient Greece

Assignment for 9/26/13

HELLENISTIC: Although this statue is dated 100-200 AD, I feel as though it best represents the characteristics of Hellenistic Art. The woman portrayed shows extreme emotion.There is pain on her face and the detail conveys it. Also, rather than the stoic, olympian-like figures found previously in Greece, the woman chosen to be sculpted is quite ordinary. She is not heroic, but instead shows a very human moment. 
CLASSICAL GREEK: This piece resembles a grave stele that might have illustrated the deceased with their family. There is an emotional flicker in the expression and body language shown. This is highly contrast to the classical greek stoic nature of figures. 
ARCHAIC GREEK: Athenians learned the black-figure technique form the Corinthians. The art of depicting Greek stories on pottery that was used for expert was extremely common i Archaic Greece. This black-figure technique was later joined by red-figure to form bilingual vases- a staple product of Archaic Greece. 
MYCENAEAN: Although the shapes of the vases were similar to Minoan works, the pictoral decoration revealed a lack of mastery. Patterned pottery became more and more simplified as the Minoan sea creatures soon were just Mycenaean circles and waves. 
CYCLADIC: The representation of nude woman, specifically with arms folded across their abdomen, made up the majority of Cycladic sculptures. The large, simple triangles that make up form are also majorly Cycladic. The toes pointed downward mean that this figurine wouldn't have been able to stand upright, and instead would have laid down in a grave with the deceased. 
MINOAN: Newly introduced pottery wheels allowed for sophisticated pottery shapes to be formed in Minoan art. The sea and its inhabitants were mainly featured in Minoan art. Marine Style vases like this (octopuses depicted in the decoration) are typically dark figures on light ground. These characteristics would point to the jug being of Late Minoan era. 
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