Athenodorus The Great David Analysis
Greek: Lacoon and his sons, Agesander and Athenodorus and Polydorus of Rhod es, sculpture, 150 B.C.E -first century C.E.
Discobolus, Myron, sculpture, 460- 450 B.C.
Rome: Column of Trajan, Apollodorus of Damascus, Column sculpture, 106 - 113.
Emperor Constantine I , unknown sculptor, Marbl e statue, 325 - 326.
Early Christian: Jonah m:d the Whale, sculptor unknown, sarcophagus, late third century
Jesus the Good Shepard, painter unknown, mural, fourth century
Gothic: Annunciation and Visitation, multiple unknown sculptors, sculptures, 1230.
Month of June folio in les Tres Riches Heures du Due de Berry, Limbourg brothers, manuscript painting, 1413 - 1436.
Renaissance: Federico da Montefeltro, Piero della Francesca, portrait painting, …show more content…
There was also a movement away from the rigidness and emotionlessness of past artwork. This is because of the change in how man views himself, which you can see by looking at how the posture of their sculptures changed. The two best examples of these ideas and how the Greek artwork changed over time are Lacoon and his Sons and Discobolus. Discobolus is a sculpture of a nude discus thrower right at the end of the windup to throw the disc. If you look at the discus throwers face you see that it is blank. This is meant to demonstrate the idea of a person 's self-control of the mind over the body. Along with this ideal of self-control, the discus thrower shows the image of the ideal athlete with a build that is mathematically perfect. You can see this idea of humans with perfect builds carried onwards into the Hellenistic age with the sculpture of Lacoon and his Sons. However along with his perfect build there is also vivid emotion shown on his and his sons faces. This sculpture depicts the priest Lacoon and his sons being devoured by giant snakes sent by Apollo. Unlike Discobolus the sculpture of Lacoon has the emotion and agony felt by sculpture 's subjects depicted dearly. This shows that over time the Greeks adapted emotion into their sculptures and artwork and continued to pursue the idea of the ideal …show more content…
They had what is known as the medieval view of the cosmos. This means that they thought that the higher you went the closer you came to God. They were a very religious society that believed that God was at the top of the cosmos, the earth was at the bottom, and that hell was at the center of the earth. This view is best shown by the manuscript painting, Month of June in the book Les Tres Riches Heures du Due de Berry. This painting shows man working in the fields on earth while angelic beings are depicted in the cosmos interacting with each other and watching over man. Another piece of art that exemplifies this is the sculpture Annunciation and Visitation. This piece depicts the angel Gabriel having descended from the cosmos to tell Mary that she will give birth to the Christ. The second part of this piece Visitation shows Mary and St. Elizabeth talking. St. Elizabeth would bare John the Baptist who would pave the way for Jesus. The Bible states, "John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way for the Lord." ' So you can see how these two pieces show the Gothics belief that God and angelic beings come from