Ancient Greek Art - Essay

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Ancient Greek Art
Ancient Greece was a remarkable place of learning and civilization. Many of the institutions developed at the time are still in use today, such as universities and democratic governments. Ancient Greece is also known for its incredible artworks, which have influenced many cultures through centuries. As with all things, the Ancient Greeks were innovators in the field of art and developed many new styles and techniques which have been used by countless artists ever since. Ancient Greek art is separated into three periods known as Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic. These three periods show the styles used in Ancient Greece and how they were developed and changed through the years, starting with more basic techniques in the
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The Hellenistic period was the time from around 300 to 156 BC, though these dates are disputed among historians. This period is commonly considered to have created the greatest artworks in the history of Ancient Greece. While the Classical period focused on athletes and heroes in the process of completing some heroic action, the Hellenistic period focused on pieces that conveyed strong emotions through imitation and minute detail. The sculptures of the Hellenistic period were much more realistic than those of the Archaic or even the Classical periods. The sculptors of this time believed in depicting such themes as old age, suffering, ugliness and other themes such as these. One very good example of these emotive pieces is the Dying Gaul, a bronze sculpture depicting a dying Gallic warrior. The artist responsible for the work is unknown but it is believed to have been commissioned after the Greek victory over the Gauls ca. 225 BC. It is believed to have originally been cast from bronze yet today only a Roman marble copy remains. The sculpture is both a reminder of the strength of the Greeks and also a tribute to the bravery and honor of the Gauls. The body language of the dying man is a testament to the obvious pain he is feeling and also the strength he had to sit up and resist it. The sculpture makes one viewing it feel a mixture of sympathy and pride for the man. The Hellenistic period created

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