Greek Art

Kayla Komnath

This art piece was painted by artists in Southern Italy, which had been conquered by Greece. On one side it depicts the many attempts Zeus made to seduce this one woman, Leda. There are three scenes of this seduction. This piece is a perfect example of a new art form that was created called Southern Italian.
This piece was originally attached to a larger bronze bowl. Griffins were thought to turn away evil, so many had a form of a griffin in their homes. The idea of the griffin originally came from the east in Armenia and Syria. The Greeks then created their own version of the griffin.
This was made during the Geometric period. It foreshadows the Eastern influence that makes its way into Greek art in the 600's B.C. It is called a skyphos, or a broad shallow cup. It is considered to be very Eastern Mediterranean coast-like.
This bowl was used as a cinerary urn. It shows Herakles defeating the monster, Cacus, after he had stolen some cattle. There are also images of funeral games which was very appropriate for an urn. On the lid, it shows the Amazons, a legendary tribe of female warriors.
A griffin is part eagle, part lion, and part snake. An Arimasp is a tribe of one eyed people who tried to steal the griffin's gold. Many Greek artists did not follow that idea and gave them two eyes. This piece is believed to have once been a part of a larger composition.
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