November 9 - November 9, 2007 Classical Greek Art and...

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November 9, 2007 Classical Greek Art and Architecture Visual arts in Classical Greece (5 th -4 th centuries BCE) o Trends: harmony, naturalism, movement Art reflecting societal ideals o Evidence Athens dominates (art and politics) Survival (Roman copies) Loss of original painted surfaces o Media: marble, ivory, bronze o Artists and patrons Most artists considered mere craftsmen Successful become celebrities (contrast Archaic period) Support by aristocrats, poleis Classical Greek sculpture: characteristics o Idealized human beauty o Pose Slight movement Relaxed (“contrapposto”) o Absence of emotion o Stylized hair and clothing The Kritios Boy o Named after sculptor (“boy by Krito”) Transition to classical sculpture Marble, ~ 4 feet tall Athenian, c. 480 Anatomical (ribs, muscles) Relaxed pose Natural expression contrast “Archaic smile” Phidias of Athens o Active ca. 465-25 Athenian rebuilding Patronized by Perikles
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