Tautvydas Vedrickas art - The Greek Art: Ahead of the Time...

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The Greek Art: Ahead of the Time If someone would ask me, which culture had a biggest influence to the art, I would definitely say Greek . I am pretty sure, that the biggest part of educated people would give the same answer . Just think about it – they not only created their own art, which was very modern and way ahead of the time, but also Roman art was based solely on Greek art . In addition, the main idea of the famous Renaissance was to turn back to ancient arts, including Greek art . The main types of art work in Greece were vases and sculptures . In this paper, I will try to compare and contrast two marvelous masterpieces, the Black-figure panel amphora , which was made in 6 th century B .C. (Bromberg 1997 page 64.), and the Figure of a young man from a funerary relief , made in 4 th century B .C. (Bromberg 1997 page 27), which can now be found in the Dallas Museum of Art, that’s where I saw them . First of all, these masterpieces belong to different periods of Greek art – the Amphora was made in the Archaic period, while sculpture was created in the Classical period (Dr . Diane Goode) . These two periods are very different . Archaic period begun at around 600 B.C and ended at around 480 B .C and it was still influenced by Egyptian art a lot. There was a lot of rigidity, sculptures and human figures on the vases were still very stylized . However, “enormous developments were made in a very brief span of time” during the Archaic period (Hartt page 152) . Sculptures of the Archaic period had a very interesting feature, the so-called Archaic smile (Dr . Diane Goode). On the contrary, sculptures created in the Classical period had a very serious faces . It can be explained by remembering the historical situation at that time. Greece was
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involved in a war and had a lot of problems, so it was logical to show people in a serious, instead of happy, mood . The Classical period begun at around 480 B.C and ended with the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B .C. (Dr. Diane Goode). The art in the Classical period was exceptionally realistic, but at the same time, very idealized . The sculptures had not only serious faces, but also a very realistic and active drapery . Many people prefer the Classical period over
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course ART HISTOR Dont know taught by Professor Goode during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson.

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