history in the death of socrates.

This is my small gallery of great teacher and philosopher, Socrates. These pieces are of a great man who was killed for being a free thinker. There have been many great statues and paintings to represent who was considered the father of Greek Philosophy. Appearing here are the strenuous detail in texture and documented history by many of the representations of Socrates. -Michael Taylor

In this small marble statue that is 12 inches tall and 4.5 inches wide there is great detail in the clothing and body representation of Socrates. The statue shows his stomach sticking out to the robe that he was wearing. The statue shows his chest and the pectoral muscles shaped like a warrior but placed on a teacher. His beard was scratched in remarkable hairs almost down to even the smallest follicles. His bald, shiny head was represented and his stance shows confidence and patience of a great Philosopher.
This is one of the many favorites I have of the plaster sculptures. In this plaster sculpture, there is great detail in the sculpture and no color to take away from the purity of the scene. This is one of three scenes that was created to show the death of Socrates. Here Socrates is showing his family to the door. The detail is in his family looking back and the advancing members already with their faces in their hands and grieving already started.
This was an oil and canvas. This painting is one of the best in showing texture of the death of Socrates. All of the cloth robes in this canvas are a spectacular representation of texture. The viewer can almost see every ripple in the robes that every person is wearing in this picture. Once again there are many grieving patrons.
In this black chalk, brown ink and brown wash, there has been texture expressed through the shadows. The robes were chosen to give the texture to this drawing through shadows. The grieving man in the background is very dark but still has texture in his hair and robe. The light shining down on Socrates is highlighting his hair and beard to show his last moments alive.
This is the second of three plaster sculptures narrated by Plato. This sculpture also labeled “The Death of Socrates” is one of grieving. What I like most about the texture in this picture is the table scene is the detail in the people close to him. Everyone in this sculpture is done with such detail that the artist needed you to understand that Socrates was a great man and wanted everyone to understand that he was dying for a purpose not for a punishment.
This is a photo of a statue of Socrates. I think this is a well distinguished photo of Socrates expressions. The shadows and texture used in this sculpture make him look very smart and well known. I like the look that he is giving. It makes this sculpture a masterpiece.
In this oil and canvas painting the artist has gone to great measures to give his painting an aged look. Socrates is speaking to one of his pupils which was one of Pericles’s concubines. Once again the detail on the robes seems to be one of the focuses of painters from this era. The light is also used to pull your attention towards the woman in the picture. She is given the most light.
This is another scene from Socrates death bed. This print was black and white. Texture and line detail was done with many parts of this great picture. One of the specific parts that I like is the way the artist used Socrates leg on the table with the harp behind it. His leg hanging out is like a sign that even though I am dying I am still a great man.
This oil painting is a farewell to Socrates. Socrates wife Xanthippe is giving her last cries to her dying husband. The focus of the picture is Xanthippe with her soft white color holding Socrates in one hand and her child in the other. The whole painting around is dreary and dark except for Xanthippe.
This is an oil painting of Socrates and another man holding a bowl of hemlock. The dark overtone of the picture gives the thought of death and gloom. While Socrates is dark and the second man has a colorful hat and light fleshy tones. This appears to be a last talk between two friends with the final words.
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