Greek Art

Bri Norlander

This sculpture has very portrait and human like features. This head is thought to have been based off of a bronze statute of Aristotle that was put up after he died. There happen to be 20 replicas of this same head. The best replica is located in Vienna, and is the least damaged of all. It is considered a poplar portrait because it has so many replications.
Dionysus is the god of wine. This head is the only remaining piece of a once life-size bronze statue of him. This portrayal of Dionysus is different than his others because he was normally shown as an older man with a beard. This piece portrays him as youthful. The ivy wreath he wears on his head is what identifies him as Dionysus.
Pericles was important in shaping the political ways of Athens. He was loved by the people of Athens for his smart political mind and natural way with words. This portrait was identified with scriptures and the helmet on his head (it shows his very important military position of strategos). He is responsible for starting the construction of the Parthenon.
Greek mythology states that the giants who are children of Earth and Sky attempted to beat the Olympian gods in a battle. This statuette was identified as a young giant by his snake legs. The figure is thought to have been part of a group of statues that showed the battle. The battle between the gods and the giants was an extremely popular topic in Greek art.
This statue is influenced by Phidias' sculpture of a 40 foot tall Zeus for his temple at Olympia. Zeus is seen sitting on his high-backed throne with his feet on a foot stool. Researches think this statue was owned by a wealthy Greek or Roman homeowner. This piece was underwater for a long time as it has become eroded.
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