Greek Art Essay

780 WordsOct 17, 20124 Pages
The birthplace of European civilization is Ancient Greece. Dating back over 5000 years, Greece is one of the oldest civilizations with a population of 10 million people. The capital of Greece is Athens, which is the symbol of art freedom and democracy in the conscience of a civilized world. The Pinnacle Mountains starting in northern Greece stretches south to the Gulf of Petra. About 20% of Greece is made up of islands. Most people that live there stay along the coast or along rivers and harbors. One of the earliest civilizations of Greece were the Minoan people. Greece still is a popular tourist area because it still has many medieval churches and ancient ruins over 4000 years old. Greece is also well known for its sculptures, paintings, pottery, poetry and playwriting. The artwork for the Greece and Egypt was different from one another. The Egyptians had easy access to large stones that they could bring in to their country and use them to erect such monumental structures. Another difference can also be attributed to the difference in religious beliefs of the two civilizations, as the Egyptians had a very strong believe in the after-life and they built all their large pyramids and structures in order to help their dead find a better life after death. While the Greeks on the other hand lacked such beliefs and this is why their social structure was very different from the Egyptians. Greeks were more involved in creating smaller, more literary pieces of art. Pottery was a piece of art by the Greek that was used for many different purposes, including the use in everyday chores, wine decanters, and as trophies for winners at the games. Miniature pottery was also made in order to emulate the various gods and goddesses and many different colors were used in order to honor these gods. The ancient Greeks also worked with metals such as bronze to create many pieces of

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