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It turns that Alexandros was more than just a sculptor. Finally the statue was painted - from BCE onwards, in the encaustic technique - and any metal accessories were attached. Their clothing is folded and drops gracefully and naturally on the bodies. The Riace warriors are also magnificent with the added detail of finely sculpted hair and beards. Soon, educated and wealthy Romans desired works of art that evoked Greek culture. The statue was made to commemorate the naval victory of a Macedonian general. The kore plural korai , or standing clothed female figure, was also common; Greek art did not present female nudity unless the intention was pornographic until the 4th century BC, although the development of techniques to represent drapery is obviously important. Victory's robes are dramatically ruffled as though she were facing into a storm. Unknown artist: Nike of Samothrace , c. Scopas was the name of another great Greek sculptor. Even so, the difference between even mediocre Greek carving and the average Roman copy is obvious; the copyists only occasionally took trouble over the chisel work. There is one more warning.

His most renowned predecessor was Myron early fifth century BCwho also focused on statues of athletes. Wealthy Romans filled their villa courtyards and gardens with fountains, sculpture, and monumental vases, many of which were decorated with motifs drawn from the Greek art produced some years earlier As for bronze, Greek taste preferred to keep it shiny, and patination green or brown sheen was a sign of neglect, although in the Roman period some collectors considered patina a certificate of antiquity.

Greek sculpture

The main cemeteries ran along the roads out-side the city gates, with the dead competing sometimes explicitly for the notice of every passer-by. However, while he was planning to conquer Arabia, he was taken ill and was called upon by Thanatos, the Greek god of death. To this day the Louvre remains a little embarrassed by the whole issue. The meaning of the original Greek statue often lent beauty, importance, or a heroic quality to the person portrayed. Pergamonmuseum , Berlin Unknown artist: Ludovisi Gaul and his wife. For instance the kouros is a regular type of statue on Archaic graves, but there is no good reason to think that these expensive sepulchral monuments were put up only for very young men who had not lived long enough to grow a beard. Typical works of the era include the Karditsa warrior Athens Br. Architectural sculpture, while still in place, was not likely to be removed and, when the building collapsed, might be buried under a mass of masonry. The kouros in New York, which was sculpted about BCE, conforms in some points to the standard grid used by the Egyptians for plotting out a statue and this may not be coincidence. Athena in the workshop of a sculptor working on a marble horse, Attic red-figure kylix , BC, Staatliche Antikensammlungen Inv. Hekate, goddess of the moon and nocturnal sorcery, was a popular deity and guardian in Greek and Roman times. If then the material of the preliminary figure was soft - that is wax or clay - it could be prised or dug away or perhaps run or washed out; or else the figure was removed intact and, since under-cutting was frequent, especially in folds of drapery, this means either that the figure had already been dissected into many separable pieces or that an equally complex dissection was now performed on the mold; although if the mold was so dissected, most of the smaller pieces must have been reassembled before the next stage.

Finally the statue was painted - from BCE onwards, in the encaustic technique - and any metal accessories were attached. Other uses for architectural sculpture are found among foreign peoples who admired and followed Greek art; in particular, statues were sometimes put by Etruscans along the ridge of a temple roof and by Lycians in the intervals of the raised colonnade embellishing an aristocratic tomb.

For pedimental figures practice varied. Not to worry the base with the name on it was simply made to disappear.

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The Hope Dionysos, in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum, features such an archaistic figure It was created from a single gold sheet which was hammered and chiseled to give its powerful expression. The Italian government has demanded that the Getty museum return the statue. Bronze was not important till the second half of the sixth century, when the hammering of sheet metal was replaced by hollow casting, but by the early fifth century it was the preferred medium for most types of free-standing statue though not for reliefs and architectural sculpture. Typical works of the era include the Karditsa warrior Athens Br. If then the material of the preliminary figure was soft - that is wax or clay - it could be prised or dug away or perhaps run or washed out; or else the figure was removed intact and, since under-cutting was frequent, especially in folds of drapery, this means either that the figure had already been dissected into many separable pieces or that an equally complex dissection was now performed on the mold; although if the mold was so dissected, most of the smaller pieces must have been reassembled before the next stage. The whole was then covered in clay fixed to the core at certain points using rods. Greek sculpture was coloured, as was most sculpture till the Renaissance , and indeed if the ancient marble statues which were found and admired at that time had kept their paint, the more conservative of us would probably still expect colouring on sculpture. The new temple one that housed the statue was 32 meters wide, 75 meters long and and 12 meters high, It was made of the finest marble and topped by a gilded statue of Nike. Next he removed the surplus stone to within an inch or so of the intended final surface, using first the pick-hammer and the drill and then increasingly the punch. Even so, the sculptor of the New York kouros was an eccentric, and more orthodox kouroi of the time show no such conformity. Athena was the least selfish and most noble goddess of the Greek pantheon.

In the Archaic Period the most important sculptural form was the kouros plural kouroithe standing male nude See for example Biton and Kleobis. The Celts were men with great physique and strength, and this statue is thought to dignify nudity.

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