The Manifestation of Greek Art in Modern and Contemporary Styles and Movements. Essay

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22/02/12 The ancient greeks left behind them an incredibly rich and vast artistic legacy consisting of architecture, literature, drama, painting and even sculpture amongst other mediums which to this day continue to affect and influence modern and contemporary art styles. An example of this influence is very abundant in even recent architecture as many churches, temples or buildings of importance are built on a Greek architectural foundation. Even columns used in modern buildings can always be identified as one of the basic Greek types of columns (Dorian, Ionic or Corinthian). It can also be mentioned that any relief sculpture found on such buildings is also of Greek descent. Modern buildings arround the world still display Ancient Greek style columns from the Mosta Dome in Malta to the White House in Washington. Ancient Greek columns were in their time and remain to this day a symbol of power and importance and are subsequently still used in architecture. Furthermore there are more traditional types of art such as scultpure and painting which are also to this day influenced by ancient Greek art and culture. One such example is the “Medici Venus” by boticelli a famous free-standing statue from the Hellinistic period. Situated in Rome this sculpture depicts the Roman God Venus, which was originally derived from the ancient Greek God Aphrodite. Especially during the Renaissance period where a good number of Italian artists looked to Greek mythology and subsequently ancient art depicting the Greek God's and Goddeses to produce works such as Boticelli's “Birth of Venus”. This being said one of the most Greek influenced art forms is drama, even the modern symbol for drama (the smiling and sad masks) are derived from and ancient Greek symbol which represented the most popular types of plays which at the time where Comedey and Tragedy, less the

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