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The Human Body in Ancient Greek Sculptures

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The Human Body in Ancient Greek Sculptures

The primary focus of ancient Greek sculptures was that of the human body. Almost all Greek sculptures are of nude subjects. As the first society to focus on nude subjects, Greek sculptors attempted to "depict man in what they believed was the image of the gods and so would come to celebrate the body by striving for verisimilitude or true – likeness (realism and naturalism!)."(Riffert) Not only did the Greeks celebrate the human form in their art but also in everyday life. (Riffert) One of the favorite topics for sculptors was that of the athlete. In Greek culture athletes were described as "hero–athletes". (Riffert) This shows that athletes were revered and looked upon as heroes. The influence of athleticism is evident in many famous sculptures. I will attempt to show how the human form influenced Greek art. It is important to note that many of the Greek sculptures discussed do not exist in their original form but rather in Roman copies of the original bronze sculptures. (Riffert)

Greek art progressed through four divisible periods fro...

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...the natural world,and human relations to the gods. Everyday people were represented in Greek art…" (Emory)
Works Cited

Boardman, John, Jasper, Griffin, and Oswyn Murray. The Oxford History of the Classical World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986

Sowerby, Robin. The Greeks: An Introduction to Their Culture. London: Routledge, 1995.

Riffert, David. The Academy of Art College. 1997. Web. 16 Jan. 2015

"The Olympics" Web. 16 Jan. 2015

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