Introduction | Architecture | Sculpture | Pottery | Conclusion | Bibliography

Introduction

Though Greek art looked extremely life-like, with skin that looked as if it could be warm to the touch, the art was often extremely idealistic. An old man, for instance, would be depicted in his prime. He would be made more youthful, attractive and healthy than he ever truely looked. In this way, the Greeks were immortalized as perfect ideals of themselves. Stone statues lasting until today lead us to believe that the subject was as they appear in the carving, so the technique clearly works. This idealistic way of carving was very reminiscent of Greek philosophy, which strongly valued perfection, beauty, harmony, and balance. After the Peloponnesian War, the Hellenistic period of Greek sculpture began. This period was far more true to reality. Figures would be shown defeated, imperfect, or out of balance.



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