The art of Greek Beliefs - sergio sanchez

This gallery includes different art representations of Greeks beliefs and History. For example, paintings of their gods, sculptures of their mythological characters and their historical heroes. The purpose of this gallery is to show how important and transcendental it was for the Greeks to represent their beliefs in different kinds of art expressions and how valuable were these pieces for them. 

This picture depicts the temple of Zeus, God of Gods. Two of the most noticeable formal elements on this piece are line and space. The connection of the vertical and perpendicular lines on this piece make the form of the columns of the temple. Also, the connection of these lines make the illusion that the temple is really big. Finally, we can say that this piece has a 3 dimensional space, as we can see, what is in front of the image looks bigger than what it’s in the back of it.
This sculpture depicts the face of the principal god of the Greeks, Zeus. Two of the principles of design that we can see in this sculpture are balance and pattern. Balance because even thought the sculpture is missing its nose both sides of the face make a perfect connection; pattern because of the way that the sculptor sculpts the beard and the hair.
This canvas depicts the oracle of the Greeks. She was a virgin woman chosen for the gods with the purpose of predicting the future for the people. One of the formal elements of art that is very noticeable on this canvas is color. The color on this piece lets us appreciate every single part of it, for example the wall behind the priests looks like it has a different canvas on it. The colors also give the piece a very realistic felling.
This sculpture depicts the face of Athena, god of law and justice. As we can appreciate, the sculpture is well balanced, giving the feeling that Athena is looking through her left side. Also, we can see repetitive patterns on her hair and very well done lines that make her face seem real.
This piece depicts the commemoration of a festival that honors Athena. One formal element that I can point out on this piece is lines. As we can appreciate the image of Athena on the middle is made of pretty much curved lines. Another element is color, which is used to contrast the skin and clothes of Athena.
This sculpture depicts one of the most well known figures in Greeks mythology, “Hercules”. The lines on this sculpture make a perfect representation of a human figure. The unification of the three separate elements of this sculpture give us a clear understanding that this guy is very strong.
This sculpture depicts the face of Alexander the Great, one of the greatest conquerors in history. Two of the universal principles of design in this sculpture are pattern and balance. As most of the Greeks sculptures, it seems the Greeks used the same pattern to represent the hair of their figures. Balance because each side of the face is slightly different but one side complements the other.
This oil on canvas represent the anger of Achilles who is about to take his sword. Two formal elements that are noticeable on this canvas are color and shape. The colors on this piece make it seem so realistic, the contrast and connection of them are almost perfect. In this canvas we can see a lot of dynamic shapes, as we can appreciate, the clothes seem to be moving with the characters.
This jar depicts two of the greatest heroes on Greek history, Achilles and Ajax, and between them, the god Athena. One of the universal principles of design present on this piece is emphasis. As we can see, the colors used to represent the two warriors are mostly black and dark brown, unlike Athena who has a clear skin color.
This painting depicts the temple of the god Athena. Space is one of the formal elements present on this piece, which was painted giving the feeling of a 3 dimensional space. One principle of design on this picture is proportion. The artist who painted this piece gives it the feeling that it never ends.
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