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Ancient Greece Art

a little bit about hellas

When we think of Greece, or Hellas, which is its Ancient Greek translation, we immediately know more-or-less the impact this ancient civilization had on shaping our Western civilization. Greece is also widely considered as the “cradle” or “birthplace” of Western civilization.

origins of ancient greece

Notably, Greece goes back all the way to prehistory with the Stone Age, which ended around 3,200 BC, and then into the Bronze Age, which started around 3,200 BC.

THE stone age

The Stone Ages were divided into three distinct periods, namely, the earliest, Paleolithic, followed by the Mesolithic, and then the last, the Neolithic.

the bronze age

The Greek Bronze Age is categorized by three dominant locations (the Cyclades, Crete, and the Greek Mainland), and is also referred to as the Aegean Civilization.

characteristics in art and architecture

We think of Greek art in terms of idealized marble sculptures and human figures that appear perfect and beautiful.

archaic period (c.650 - 480 bce)

Art during the Archaic Period is described as more naturalistic in its portrayal. Some of the primary forms of artwork were pottery, painting, sculpture, and architecture.

classical period (c.480 - 323 bce)

Greek artists began to create sculptures that appeared human-like and detailed, but still beautiful and perfected.

classical period (c.480 - 323 bce)

The grandeur of Classical Greek architecture is illustrated by the famous Greek temple, the Parthenon (447 - 432 BCE).

hellenistic period (c.323 - 27 bce)

Greek sculptures appeared more emotive in expression during this period, and many famous sculptures were created.

hellenistic period (c.323 - 27 bce)

In Hellenistic Architecture, the Corinthian Order was widely used on buildings. This was a more elaborate style that added a decorative effect to buildings.

to rome and beyond

Greek artwork was greatly admired and copied by the Romans, and its classical essence of rationality, beauty, and proportion lived on through their art and architecture. Beyond Rome, the Greek art style was given a second breath, so to say, through the eyes and hands of Renaissance painters and sculptors.