Greek Art - Kellia Brinson October 2006 ART 235 Dark Age...

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Kellia Brinson October 2006 ART 235 Dark Age through Hellenistic sculpture At the very beginning of the Dark Age is the Geometric period (1100-700 BCE); characterized by extremely simple pieces made up of geometric shapes, with little or no indication of sex, emotion, or even substantial facial features. Anatomy of figures was explained by way of geometric shapes. Many of these sculptures were made of bronze or carved from terracotta and portrayed human figures, much of the time male warriors. For an example, take the Warrior from the Acropolis at Athens, dating 750-700 BCE, made of bronze and measured at 8 ¼ inches. The figures right hand is placed on its head, while the left hand lies on the hip. This sculpture has only a nose in regards to facial feature, the artists of this time most likely painted on the features, relying on that rather than sculpture to introduce detail. Another model of this time period is the Charioteer from Olympia, also dating 750-700 BCE, made of bronze, with a height of 5 ¼ inches. Both of these sculptures exemplify the geometric forms used in sculptures at this time. 1 Next in line is the Orientalizing period (700-600 BCE). This term generally describes the influence of Eastern art upon the early Greek colonies as well as the contact between the two cultures. At the beginning of the Orientalizing period, figures continued to be interpreted in a geometrical manner sometimes; a sculpture that is a model for this is the Warrior from Olympia, dating 700-675 BCE, made of bronze, at a height of 9 2/5 inches. He wears only a helmet and a belt, his right hand is lifted into the air (it originally 1 John Griffiths Pedley, Greek Art and Archaeology (New Jersey: Laurence King Publishing, 2002), p.p. 114-116
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held a spear), and his hair is in parallel curls. Differing from the Geometric period, this sculpture actually possesses facial features and some musculature. A bit later in the Orientalizing period, we begin to see even more detail (although still very stiff) in the figures. At this point, a shift in shape is apparent, as this figure marks the near closing of this period. If one looks at The Lady of Auxerre statuette, it is plain that the figure is a woman, her hair is in the parallel waves that are to be repeated over and over again in the seventh century, and her clothing and facial features are noticeably carved. This piece dates 640 BCE, is limestone, has a height of 25 ½ inches, and can be seen at Musée du Louvre. The Kneeling Youth from Samos, nude, dating 625 BCE, shows a continuance of
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