Ancient Greek sculpture

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  • Contrapposto: Ancient Greek Sculpture

    The sculpture produced in ancient Greece is naturalistic compared to artworks and sculptures from previous times and cultures. The form of body is not stylized, nor does the bends in its arms and legs have sharp edges, the body is actually smooth and natural looking. The figure also has normal sized eyes and not enlarged eyes and male breast. The figure is in contrapposto pose like many of the other figures from this ancient Greek period. Although many of the figures in this time that was in contrapposto pose, the figures either had one hand up and the other one down, or both hands down, this figure has both hands lifted in a graceful falling like manner. This figure is unclothed like many artworks from the ancient Greek period that is…

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  • Creation Of Polykleitos Doryphoros Vs. Donatello's David

    Despite nearly 2000 years separating the creation of Polykleitos’s Doryphoros and Donatello’s David, the two sculptures shared astonishingly similar features, yet both remained true to the stylistic characteristics of their respective time periods. These artists incorporated both predictable and cutting edge ideas into their works. Doryphoros, also known as the Spear Bearer, was a marble reinvention of Polykleitos’s original bronze sculpture circa 450 - 440 BCE. Most ancient Greek statues were…

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  • Reflection On The Bronze Head Of Ife

    Furthermore, the history and culture of the Head of Ife is the piece of art that brings identity to Nigeria and West Africa as a whole, for the head is often compared to the art that came out of ancient Greece and Rome. Though what differentiates it from that of all European art is what the artist had to work with. Unable to either afford or come in contact with rich crafting materials like marble and stone, West Africa utilized that they had in order create a metallic mixture that could mold to…

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  • Dionyysus Leaning On A Female Figure Analysis

    works of art. The drastic uniqueness of arts between periods is something that is interesting to look at because one gets to see how much changes can be made due to cultural influences and time. After visiting the Met and seeing the works of art in person, I have chosen the Statute of Dionysus Leaning On A Female Figure and the Standing Buddha Offering Protection to explore in depth. The Standing Buddha Offering Protection is an Indian sculpture made during the late 5th century. It is only…

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  • Apollo The Python Slayer Analysis

    Cleveland Museum of Art purchased Apollo the Python-Slayer (figure one) which they believe to be the only surviving piece from the Greek sculptor Praxiteles. After the purchase, questions arose regarding the authenticity of the museum’s claims as well as the murky history of how this piece was procured and how it was found in Germany in the 1980’s. Scholars agree that Apollo is ancient, but are irresolute of the label the sculpture should don. Two arguments sprung from the display of this…

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  • The Explanation Of The Lamassu: A Horned Lion

    Standing majestically with a gaze protruding from a body of “white limestone and alabaster…” (MET), the Human-headed winged lion measures up to 10 feet and 3 ½ inches in height. Also referred to as the Lamassu, the sculpture is adorned with a “horned crown” that represents a spiritual holiness. Despite the crown’s intention to convey a state of “divinity”, it is in my observation to point out how outwardly phallic the top of the Lamassu head appears. It may be a vague symbol of masculine power…

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  • Paolo Veronese's Venus With A Mirror

    This technique was created to combat the assertion that the ability to show the figure from multiple viewpoints was part of sculpture alone, and was achieved by depicting reflections in paintings. It is around this time period that the motif of the mirror begins to appear in various works of art. An example of this can be seen in Paolo Veronese’s painting Venus with a Mirror. Paolo Veronese was one of the leading painters of Venetian painting in the cinquecento, following in the tradition of…

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  • Snite Museum Reflection Paper

    More specifically, this sculpture depicts the cranium of a non-particular ruler. This metamorphosis is most likely the effect of an attempt to enter the spirit world to secure the favor of the gods for his people. The artist or architect of this piece was not mentioned on the placard nor anywhere in the vicinity of the piece’s case. It’s safe to assume the creator’s name has long been forgotten. The one piece of information that is known is that this piece was created in honor of the olmec…

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  • Plensa And Dill Analysis

    their sculptures. For example, Plensa’s Soul XII and Dill’s Women in Dress with Star can be compared in all of these areas, and more. Also, Plensa’s Private Dreams and Dill’s Faith are two more of their art works that share similar characteristics with one another. Plensa and Dill both focus on human figures when building their sculptures and paintings as well. The colors and size in which these artists use can be compared to. Plensa and Dill’s sculptures can be compared by the looks and the…

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  • Andrea Del Verocchio Research Paper

    Thomas is a great example of Renaissance work as it took the humanism that Thomas Aquinas (forwarded). Thomas Aquinas claimed that the earthly and physical are as equally as important as the heavenly. Christ and Doubting St. Thomas is a prime example of both. Here are the two figures that have been not only been studied by Verrocchio from books of ancient art, but through study of how the human body works, and how the clothing works on the body. Butterfield writes: “A fundamental ideal of…

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