In the early days of sculpture, sculptures were small and crude. Even then these small figures tell us immense amounts about the culture they were created in. They also tell us when certain ideas originated, ideas that can been seen repeated over and over in later sculpture. The “Lion Man” is currently the world's oldest recovered statue, dating around 30,000 years old from the paleolithic period, it is believed to have been created by either early man or neanderthals. The sculpture of the “Lion Man” depicts a figurine of a lion standing straight up such as a man would stand.
The Victorious Youth By: Laina Pruitt “The so-called Victorious Youth, or Getty Bronze, represents a handsome young man with a sleek and graceful body, standing at ease, one hip elegantly cocked. His head held high, his expression detached, he raises one hand toward the olive wreath on his head,” (Mattusch 1). The classical bronze statue presently stands in the Getty Museum in Malibu, California which is one of a large breed that we have barely encountered. The popularity of a life size sculpture in fifth century B.C. was at no exception to The Victorious Youth as he stands at the astonishing height of four feet eleven inches!
The Human Body in Ancient Greek Sculptures Thomas Fleck Survey of Art History 101 October 4, 2013 The Human Body in Ancient Greek Sculptures The primary focus of ancient Greek sculptures was that of the human body. Almost all Greek sculptures are of nude subjects. As the first society to focus on nude subjects, Greek sculptors attempted to "depict man in what they believed was the image of the gods and so would come to celebrate the body by striving for verisimilitude or true – likeness (realism and naturalism!)." Not only did the Greeks celebrate the human form in their art but also in everyday life. One of the favorite topics for sculptors was that of the athlete.
The story of David versus Goliath, as told in I Samuel 17:28-51, tells the tale of David, a humble Shepherd boy who kills the giant Goliath with a sling and a stone. The Biblical character of David has been the subject of many works of art by some of the world’s most famous sculptures. The young David has been depicted in marble by such Italian artists as Donatello, Michelangelo, and Bernini. Michelangelo and Donatello, probably the most respected artists of the Renaissance period made their sculptures in fashion typical for that period with due respect for Greek influences. Their “David” is depicted nude and in classic muscular form.
The Luxor Temple The Luxor Temple is a lesser temple to the temple of Karnak which is easily one of the biggest temples in the Valley of the Kings. These temples were shrines dedicated to the greatest of all the Pharaohs. Amon Ra or as some people simply call him the Sun God for that reason. These great temples are located in the famous Valley of the Kings and the Luxor temple is fairly large but is very small compared to the Karnak temple which is over 100,000 square feet! These temples were not only dedicated to Amon Ra and his family but they also had giant statues showing tribute to Ramses as well.
Most of these were located in royal courts. (52) The primary focus in ancient Greek sculptures was the human body. Many of these statues were also nude. The Greeks were one of the first societies to focus on nude humans as the subjects for their work. They were attempting to portray man in what they believed was the image of their gods.
Parthenon at Dusk: Completed in the middle of the 5th century BCE, the Parthenon is the centerpiece of the Acropolis and is often regarded as the masterpiece of the Doric order of architecture. Its name refers to Athena Parthenos, or "Athena the Virgin." | The architecture of Ancient Greece is used today in many if not all countries in the Western world for big important buildings, mainly banks or museums. There are loads of banks which have the Ancient Greek classical style, as well as many other cultural
There is also a 520 foot long continuous running frieze carved in low relief of the Ionic order at the top of the inner and outer colonnades surrounding the building. This is unique amongst Greek temple artwork due to its depiction of mere mortals included in the frieze. Freestanding sculptural figures in the pediments are some of the finest depictions of classical Greek art. All of the figures are sculpted showing natural movement that is evident through their thinly veiled clothing. The west pediment displays the battle between Athena and
However, in Greek art, the nude takes on a different function, as Greek art memorialized “real people,” as well as gods and “godlike mythical heroes” (Graves). Graves point out that nudes, with few exceptions, are a phenomenon of Western art and that the nude male form and the nude female form have been treated very different across the centuries. A double
The middle pyramid was built by king Khafre at around 2520 B.C. The southernmost and last pyramid was built at around 2490 by king Menkaure. C. To construct such monuments required a mastery of art, exceptional architecture and a social organization that was unprecedented for the time. .. II. Most Important Pyramids of Egypt A.