Analysis Of Herakles

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The art piece that was the most interesting to me was the statue of Herakles. Herakles is also known as Hercules, who is the son of Zeus, the king of gods, and to a mortal woman named Alcmene. Herakles is the name the Greek know him by, and the Romans knew him as Hercules. Hercules was known as a hero in Greece, he was brave and strong and went through many adventures. His adventures are known as the Twelve Labours, and he also had some side adventures. The subject matter depicted in this statue is Hercules. I think that this sculpture is an example of secular work since Hercules was more of a hero, but later was considered a god to some after his death. We had studied other versions of this statue in class, Kouros and Kritios Boy are examples …show more content…
On the other hand, modern art is somewhat hard for to understand and don’t even know if they are supposed to have a story behind them. I know that many people say these painting are beautiful because you can create your own story, but I don’t see how you’re supposed to when I’m just looking at a portrait with a bunch of colors mixed together and lines across them. I think that the artist does show skill because you can tell that the artist does have an understanding of how contrapposto works. The artist also shows details in the sculpture and knows how to carve the marble in order to make the sculpture of the art he is trying to do. I think that the sculpture of the artist is well done and is a pleasing composition in which it made me stay there looking at the sculpture for a long time and wanting to learn more about the artwork. The artist used marble to make the sculpture of Hercules. Marble was rare and expensive at that time, even though marble was made out of limestone. White marble is the most used in sculptures, although there are different colors of marble which was also used. Marble was used by artists because it is more beautiful and stronger than marble. The scale of the work is only six feet tall, most of Greek sculptures were life-sized, although some were larger in …show more content…
The statue of Hercules was made in Rome, but was found somewhere in Italy. Hercules is known to be from Greek, but what I didn’t know was that the Romans adopted the same Gods and Goddesses of Greece. The iconography and intended location of the work tell me that the function of this sculpture was to show the people about this heroic Greek figure and who it was. The function also shows that Hercules was very strong and shows no fear, since he is shown standing relaxed after defeating a lion. I think that the sculpture was intended for public consumption since the statue was made life-sized. If it was for private consumption, it would have been made smaller like a bobble head figure or toy. I think that the audience might have been the people who lived there as display or probably for home or building decoration, and is now kept as artwork to be shown in museums. I also think that sculpture was made to show that they made magnificent artwork and maybe as a race to who made better artwork than the others. Another belief is that they thought that it would be great to make those sculptures so people in the future would know about their artwork and history of their country. I think that the sculpture’s meaning it had for its original intended audience was that they were powerful like Hercules. I also think that the way their

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