This sculpture shows the amazing detail the Greeks had in their art. And the realism of their sculpting.
This picture shows that sculptures in Ancient Greece were made to show many different things. In this picture, the sculpture is of Poseidon, the god of the sea.
Using sculptures like this, historians were able to conclude that the Ancient Greeks would fight for fun, even to the death.
This picture is a copied version of Ancient greek sculptures. This shows that Ancient Greek art was very influential towards other places around the world. It inspired other people so much, that they actually copied their ideas and art and recreated them!
The statue of Athena is a very famous statue that is located inside the temple on top of the Acropolis of Athens. The Greeks built this statue of the goddess Athena to show her respect since she is their patron deity. This statue is made out of gold and ivory and was created by a man named Phidias. Thousands of year later, the statue disappeared from historical record and is thought to have been destroyed in Constantinople. According to Pliny, the statue measured to about 11.5 meters in height and had a wooden core.
In Ancient Greece, people used different materials to build statues such as copper and bronze. Throughout many times of working with copper and bronze, people started to figure out that bronze has more advantages when using it to build statues than copper did. The reason for this is because bronze has a lower melting point than copper does, which allows bronze to stay a liquid for a longer period of time than when using copper. Bronze was not able to hold large solid molds, so to solve this problem, the ancient Greeks hollowed out the larger statues so that they would maintain their shape and stand up by themselves.
Many different materials were made to create sculptures in Ancient Greece. Some of these materials include marble, bronze, and wood. Like Ancient China and their terracotta warriors, another material that was used to make sculptures was terracotta, which is a type of clay. Most of these sculptures however, were made out of bronze. Bronze was the easiest material for the Greeks to work with, since it had the lowest melting point. After the sculptures were finished with building the sculptures, they would then use oil and hot wax to cover the surface of the sculpture in order to make it look more life-like. After this process was done, sculptors would color it and polish it.
Greek Sculptures have changed drastically throughout the years. There are 7 main time periods of Greek sculptures. The first sculpture era was known as the Mycenaean Art era. The Mycenaeans had a big influence on Greek art especially sculptures. This era dates from around 1550 BC to 1200 BC, and because the Mycenaeans were more advanced then the Greeks, the Greeks learned a lot about art from them. Around 1200 B.C, the Mycenaeans began to fall. And due to war, not much Greek art and sculptures have been found from that era which is called the Dark Ages. Around 1025 - 900 BC the next era arose called the Proto-Geometric Era. During this time the Greeks started to make a major comeback in the world of arts, due to more advanced tools, they were able to get more detailed outcomes. Next came the era known as Geometric Art Era it was during this time that statues became popular and they started to be based off of heros and Gods. Solid stone sculptures were still not presented to the Greek world. This era lasted from 900 to 700 B.C. During the next era, we begin to see a conjoining of the two cultures of Greek and oriental art. This led to the Archaic age or the Orientalising Phase which lasted from 700 - 450 BC. During this time, Sculptors began carving large statues into marble. This age is well known for the appearance of stone statues of humans. it was the Greeks who first invented the free standing statues during this era. The next era is called the Classical Art era. This took place during the time called the Golden Age, ending around the time of Alexander the great's death. During this time, the Greeks produced some of the most exquisite sculptures known to us today. The final age was the Hellenistic era, this lasted from the time of Alexander the Great's death until the 31 B.C. During this era, Greek sculptors began to experiment with the different materials for example, marble, stone, and ivory.