Ancient Greek

This gallery shows the main Periods in Greek Art

Geometric Period - Around 900 BC Classical Greek began forming with the development of the alphabet and political system. Art was mainly sculptures, small bronze figurines, and painted scenes on large vessels the portrayed funerary rituals, and hero warriors. Geometric images had lack of inscriptions and identifying attributions.
Archaic Period - Greek artwork began to change. Artists engaged in jewelry, making metal working and gem. Cutting influenced by foreign styles of the Near East and Egypt.
Pictoral motifs of animal hunts, griffins, sphinxes and sirens began to appear.
The Archaic Period lasted 200 years during the sixth century BC. Human sculptures became the norm. Artists began depicting the countrys myths and customs through their artwork which led to the Classical Period.
Classical Period -The "Golden Age" of Greek Art Characterized by Expression movement and celebration of mankind. Human anatomy was fully represented in stone or bronze.
Works of architecture were completed during the Classical Period such as Parthenon of Athens.
Mythological figures were represented. The Classical Period lasted from approximately 380 BC to 323 BC.
Hellenistic Period -Began in 330 BC until the conquests and ultimate death of Alexander the Great. -Lasted until 31 BC - pieces focused on dramatic posing and contrasts of shadows and light. An example would be in Winged Victory of Samothrace
An even higher degree of naturalism came into play with the works of fourth century with sculptures such as Lysipos and Skopas.
Artwork leans toward more violence and intensity,with groups of mythical subjects engaged in violence. An example would be The Great Altar of Zeus at Pergamon.
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