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Ancient Greece (Part 2) -- Textbook Notes

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Textbook notes for Ancient Greece (Part 2) pages 121-140. Notes include all of the figures presented in the newest edition of the book, as well as key points for each figure. Lecture notes will be ...
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Flora B. Anthony
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Chapter 5 pg. 121-141 Notes (Ancient Greece, Part 2) EARLY AND HIGH CLASSICAL PERIODS -beginning of Classical age is marked by the defeat of the Persian invaders of Greece by the allied Hellenic city-states ARCHITECTURE & ARCHITECTURAL SCULPTURE -first great monument of Classical art and architecture is the Temple of Zeus at Olympia — site of Olympic Games -Figure 5-30 Temple of Hera II or Apollo (looking northeast), Paestum, Italy, ca. 460 BCE. -good example of Temple of Zeus’s original appearance -Doric temple -possibly a shrine dedicated to Apollo and not Hera II -follows pattern/plan of the Temple of Aphaia (Fig. 5-26) at Aegina -Temple of Zeus has metopes thematically connected with the site — 12 labors of Heracles (“The Greatest Greek Hero”), legendary founder of the Olympic Games -Figure 5-31 Athena, Herakles, & Atlas with the apples of the Hesperides, metope from the Temple of Zeus, Olympia, Greece, ca. 470-456 BCE. Marble. -Herakles holds up sky in place of Atlas, who has gone to fetch the golden apples of the Hesperides for the hero -these figures display a severity that contrasts the smiling figures of the Late Archaic Period -art historians call this Early Classical Period, the Severe Style -Figure 5-32 Chariot race of Pelops and Oinomaos, east pediment, Temple of Zeus, Olympia, Greece, ca. 470-456 BCE. Marble. -the “Seer” is the only figure showing emotion -most of the narrative reliefs of the 12 metopes of the Zeus temple are a mixture calm, even pensive figures & others involved in violent action: see Figure 5-33 Seer, from the east pediment of the Temple of Zeus, Olympia, Greece, ca. 470-456 BCE. Marble. -rare depiction of old age in Classical sculpture -see also Figure 5-34 Apollo, from the west pediment of the Temple of Zeus, Olympia, Greece, ca. 470-456 BCE. Marble. STATUARY -no longer any rigid and unnatural Egyptian-inspired poses of Archaic statues, in the Early Classical Period -Figure 5-35 Kritios Boy, from the Acropolis, Athens, Greece, ca. 480 BCE. Marble. -first contrapposto statue in Greek statuary; marks the separation between the Classical and Archaic Greek statuary -Figure 5-36 Warrior, from the sea off Riace, Italy, ca. 460-450 BCE. Bronze. -even more contropposto -Figure 5-38 Charioteer (Charioteer of Delphi), from a group dedicated by Polyzalos of Gela in the sanctuary of Apollo, Delphi, Greece, ca. 470 BCE. Bronze. -part of large bronze group that also included a chariot, a team of horses, and a groom -almost Archaic pose but turn of head and feet in opposite directions as well as a slight twist at the waist are in keeping with Severe Style -made by tyrant Polyzalos of Gela (Sicily) to commemorate his brother Hieron’s victory in the Delphic Pythian Games -Figure 5-39 Zeus (or Poseidon?), from the sea off Cape Artemision, Greece, ca. 460-450 BCE. Bronze. -this statue depicts the god — probably Zeus hurling a thunderbolt -Another example of a bronze statue similar to the Artemision Zeus was the renowned Diskobolos by the Early Classical master Myron -Figure 5-40 MYRON, Diskobolos (Discus Thrower), from the Esquiline hill, Rome, Italy. Roman copy of a bronze statue of ca. 450 BCE. Marble. -original is lost, like mostly all Greek bronze statuary -sculpture posed in almost Archaic manner, with profile limbs and a nearly frontal chest, suggesting tension of a coiled spring — this tensions, however, is not mirrored in the athlete’s face, which remains expressionless -Figure 5-41 POLYKLEITOS, Doryphoros (Spear Bearer). Roman copy from the palaestra, Pompeii, Italy, of a bronze statue of ca. 450-440 BCE. Marble. -one of the most frequently copied Greek statues -once served as a model for Roman athletes as embodiment of Polykleitos’s vision of ideal statue of a nude male athlete/warrior -made as demonstration piece to accompany a treatise on the subject -once called “Canon” -more pronounced contrapposto; asymmetrical balance of body parts — Polykleitan style THE ATHENIAN ACROPOLIS -Figure 5-42 KRESILAS, Pericles. Roman herm copy of the head of a bronze statue of ca. 429 BCE. Marble. -herm — bust on a square pillar -inscription on herm: “Pericles, son of Xanthipos, the Athenian.” -Pericles wears helmet of a strategos (general) -statue conformed to Classical ideal of beauty -Figure 5-43 Aerial view of the Acropolis (looking southeast), Athens, Greece. -centerpiece of the Periclean building program on the Acropolis was the Parthenon (marble building dedicated to Athena Parthenos) -Figure 5-44 Restored view of the Acropolis, Athens, Greece. (1) Parthenon, (2) Propylaia (gateway to Acropolis), (3) pinakotheke (picture gallery), (4) Erechtheion (temple), (5) Temple of Athena Nike. -Figure 5-45 Plan of the Parthenon, Acropolis, Athens, Greece, with diagram of the sculptural program (after Andrew Stewart), 446-432 BCE. -Parthenon was built (like the Vitruvian Man) with the idea that beautiful proportions resulted from strict adherence to harmonic numerical ratio -Parthenon’s structure was expressed algebraically as x = 2y+1 -a bit irregular in shape; some deviations from the Greek post-and-lintel structures — stylobate curves, peristyle columns lean inward slightly, etc.; incorporates Ionic order elements even though it’s a Doric building -mixture of Doric & Ionic features characterizes the 5th century BCE buildings of the Acropolis as a whole -Figure 5-46 Phidias, Athena Parthenos, in the cella of the Parthenon, Acropolis, Athens, Greece, ca. 438 BCE. Model of the chryselephantine statue. -Athena statue fully armed with shield, spear, and helmet, & holds Nike (the winged personification of Victory) in her extended right hand -“victory” over Persians in 479 BCE -Figure 5-47 Centauromachy, metope from the south side of the Parthenon, Acropolis, Athens, Greece, ca. 447-438 BCE. -alludes to Greek defeat of the Persians -centaur exulting over the crumpled body of the Greek whom the centaur has defeated -Figure 5-48 Helios & his horses, & Dionysos (Herakles?), from the east pediment of the Parthenon, Acropolis, Athens, Greece, ca. 438-432 BCE. Marble. -head and arms of Helios (the Sun) and his chariot horses rising from the pediment floor; Dionysos or possibly Herakles on the right -Figure 5-49 Three goddesses (Hestia, Dione, and Aphrodite?), from the east pediment of the Parthenon, Acropolis, Athens, Greece, ca. 438-432 BCE. Marble. -mastered rendition of clothed forms & of human anatomy -Figure 5-50 Three details of the Panathenaic Festival Procession Frieze, from the Parthenon, Acropolis, Athens, Greece, ca. 447-438 BCE. Marble. -depicts gods watching the Panatheneic procession (mortal celebration/event) -shows that the Athenians thought themselves as important as the gods by incorporation the gods in this mortal event -Figure 5-51 Mnesikles, Propylaia (looking west), Acropolis, Athens, Greece, 437-432 BCE. -grandiose new entrance to the Acropolis -split into eastern and western sections which is why Propylaia translates into “gates” instead of “gate” -Figure 5-52 Erechteion (looking northeast), Acropolis, Athens, Greece, ca. 421-405 BCE. -temple that was to replace the Archaic Athena temple that the Persians had destroyed -meant to be a multiple shrine for Athena, Erechtheus (an early king of Athens), & Kekrops (another king of Athens) -antithesis of Doric Parthenon; Ionic temple with some of the finest decorative details of any ancient Greek building -Figure 5-53 Plan of the Erechtheion, Acropolis, Athens, Greece, ca. 421-405 BCE. -asymmetrical form — unique for a Greek temple -Figure 5-54 Caryatids of the south porch of the Erectheion, Acropolis, Athens, Greece, ca. 421-405 BCE. Plaster casts of marble statues. -replaced Ionic columns with caryatids, as on the Siphnian Treasury at Delphi -figures exhibit weight shift -resemble 6th century BCE korai -Figure 5-55 KALLIKRATES, Temple of Athena Nike (after restoration, 2012; looking southwest); Acropolis, Athens, Greece, ca. 427-424 BCE. -Ionic building -amphiprostyle — four columns on both the east & west facades -Figure 5-56 Nike adjusting her sandal, from the south side of the parapet of the Temple of Athena Nike, Acropolis, Athens, Greece, ca. 410 BCE. Marble. -clothing as a life of its own with abstract designs; almost looks like clothing is wet and stuck to Nike’s body -one of dozens of images of Nike adorning the parapet -Figure 5-57 Grave stele of Hegeso, from the Dipylon cemetery, Athens, Greece, ca. 400 BCE. Marble. -in memory of a woman named Hegeso; in the style of the Temple of Athena Nike parapet reliefs -subject is a young woman (Hegeso) in her home, attended by her maid -composition has close parallels in classical vase painting PAINTING -In Classical Period, some of the most renowned artists were painters of large wood panels displayed in public buildings -these works were largely perishable by nature and all are now lost -Greek vases, especially those painted with the white-ground painting technique give some idea of the nature of Classical panel paintings -Figure 5-58 ACHILLES PAINTER, Warrior taking leave of his wife (Athenian white-ground lekythos), from Eretria, Greece, ca. 440 BCE. -lekythos — flask for perfumed oil -usage of white-ground painting technique (use of white clay and then application of figures with black glaze) -depicts man leaving his wife for war -Polygnotos of Thasos was the leading painter of the first of the 5th century. -first to abandon use of a single ground line -Figure 5-59 NIOBID PAINTER, Artemis & Apollo slaying children of Niobe (Athenian red-figure calyx krater) from Orvieto, Italy, ca. 450 BCE. -red-figure krater -Niobids — children of Niobe -figures on different levels (inspired by Polynotos) -one child’s face is shown in 3/4 view -Figure 5-60 PHIALE PAINTER, Hermes bringing the infant Dionysos to Papposilenos (Athenian white-ground calyx krater), from Vulci, Italy, ca. 440-435 BCE. -this vase + Niobid krater (Figure 5-59) together provide a shadowy idea of the character of Polygnotos’s lost paintings -Figure 5-61 Youth diving, cover slab of the Tomb of the Diver, from the Tempe del Prete necropolis, Paestum, Italy, ca. 480-470 BCE. Fresco. -youth diving into water symbolizes the plunge into the next life -trees resembling those of the Niobid krater are included within the decorative frame -tomb is a rare example of Classical mural painting


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