Greek Theater - Syal 1 Amar Syal Professor Mihalopoulos...

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Syal 1 Amar Syal Professor Mihalopoulos (T.A. Melia) Art History 50 09 May 2004 Analysis of Greek Theatrical Art in the J. Paul Getty Museum Many exhibits in the J. Paul Getty Museum do a great job in reflecting a wave of art beginning from the early 6 th century B.C. influenced by the origin of Greek Theatre. From masks to vases, art has evolved in many ways representing properties of Greek Theatre. Imagery including scenes and actors are depicted on many of these art pieces displayed or given out in Greek Theatres of the ancient world. In matter of fact, the theatre itself was designed with artistic appeal. Many from the 4 th and 3 rd centuries BC included various sections such as an orchestra stage to a parodos, also known as a passageway (Ley, 73, 1991). Nowadays, we see brilliantly designed Theatres all around the world. The Greeks were the first to create the theatre and its art pieces are truly one of a kind. An art piece displayed in the J. Paul Getty Museum entitled Red-Figure Pelike (87.AE.23) portrays the final scene in an ancient Greek myth performed in theatres since 330 B.C. This amphora-like art figure called a pelike was created by the Darius Painter in terracotta based pottery. This art piece includes both geometric and curvy lines in its only register. The top of the register displays a curvy pattern that goes all around the neck of the pelike. The middle part of the register depicts various characters of the Greek myth performing various acts. The bottom part of the register is a simple geometric pattern which adds depth to this in the round piece of artwork and is seen in many other art pieces of Greek Theatre.
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Syal 2 The middle register of the Red-Figure Pelike includes a scene on the rescue of the princes Andromeda by a hero named Perseus. Andromeda is rescued from a monster and is returned to her parents (Red-Figure Pelike). A scene portrayed like this represents the importance of Greek Mythology and its influences in art. In matter of fact, many Greek Myths were performed in Greek Theatre (Nardo, 27, 1994). On the other side of the Red-Figure Pelike, the artist shows 4
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