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Greek art of the Golden Age

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Elizabeth Padilla

on 23 February 2017

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Transcript of Greek art of the Golden Age

Golden Age of Greek Art
Adept at sculpting human form

Paid attention to muscles, features, and movement

Not interested in depicting people as they really look

Depicts beauty and grace; no blemishes or imperfections

Myron and Phidias were two of histories greatest sculptures

Praxiteles was a great sculptor who sculpted more lifelike and natural figures in form and size

Statue of Zeus (made by Phidias) is now one of the seven wonders of the world
Ancient Greek Paintings
The Nature of Greek Art
The 4 main ways to convey the Greek ideals was through the appreciation of different art styles:
If one is searching for good art, look no further than ancient Greece. Some of the best art comes from this ancient civilization. A few examples of these are from what historians call the Golden Age of Greek culture, a period during the 400s B.C.E. Probably the most prominent and famous symbol of this age is the city-state of Athens. The city’s wealth of resources attracted artists and philosophers from around the land. It is the architecture, painting, sculpture, and nature of Greek art that made this the golden age of Greek art.

Art was used as a medium to express the fundamental values of the Greeks.
* Knowledge of Greek
paintings comes from
written descriptions
and from later Roman
One can therefore tell that some of the greatest pieces of art come from Greece. The acropolis of Athens, as well as the Parthenon, are examples of Greek architecture. While the Greek paintings may not be as famous as others, they certainly are impressive with their details of myths and stories. The sculptures of Greece are more recognizable, with the sculptors Myron, Phidias, and Praxiteles making works such as the discus thrower or the statue of Zeus at Olympia. The nature of Greek art is again striking, being focused on human beauty and philosophy. It is clear then, that this era was truly the Golden Age of Greek culture.
* Most original art work
has been lost or badly
damaged :(
* An important form
of art in ancient Greece.
People showed pride in Athens by building temples, gymnasiums, and theaters

The original city state of Athens was built on a tall hill called an acropolis

The Parthenon and the statue of the goddess Athena are examples of exemplary greek architecture

The Parthenon had perfectly balanced proportion and had doors and a few windows

Temples were built as shrines for the gods, not as a meeting place for worshipers

Pericles began building the Parthenon in 447 B.C. and it took about 14 years to complete

Engraved above the columns were scenes from myths
*Best preserved Greek
paintings are found on
1. The Greeks used paintings and sculptures to portray their idealistic views of beauty
2. Since art was an expressive medium, it represented their pride in their city-states
*Greek vase painters
illustrated scenes from
every day life as well as
mythological events
the art of the golden age was meant to honor and glorify their gods
*The Greeks initially adopted styles of painting from other cultures (Egypt), then transformed them into their own

3. Greek art expressed the Greek beliefs in harmony, balance, order and moderation through simplicity and restraint
4. The combination of beauty and usefulness
the statues built suggest other traits admired by the Greeks, such as strength, intelligence, pride, grace and courage
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