Greek Art

Greek art has gone through many stages through out the coarse of its history. Over the years the Greeks strived to perfect the faces, bodies as well as the human form in their sculptures. They experimented with many types of techniques, many of which I will touch on in this paper. This paper will mainly discuss Greek sculptures that range from the Geometric Period all the way up to the Hellenistic Period. We will discover that the Greeks were quite talented and always strived for a better depiction of the human body. As time went on and the Greeks experimented more with the use of their media, the sculptures went from basic non-descriptive figures to amazing replicas of individuals. We start in the Geometric period; which did the Egyptians influence. We then we move on to the Archaic Period, still a bit basic yet which with time developed into the Early Classical Period. The Early Classical Period gave way to the High Classical Period. Once we reach this period Realism is quite evident. From the High Classical Period emerged the Hellenistic Period, which by far gave the most realistic depiction of humans that Greece had ever seen. Each period that the Greeks stepped through impacted the next period to follow in a positive way. The reader will be able to see this by noting the formal changes that take place. In this paper I will discuss the development of formal style in Greek sculpture over time.
Starting with the beginning is Geometric art. Geometric art is very similar to Egyptian art we have discussed in the past. Geometric art was done mainly in wood, clay, ivory and bronze. An Example of Geometric art is the "Bronze Running Girl." The sculptor has chosen to reduce her body parts into simple geometric shapes. This was typical of sculptures of the Geometric era. The faces of the individuals being depicted were very vague. Faces were not yet realistic; stances were not in real life proportion. The main focus of this piec…


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