Polykleitos Of Argos Art Analysis

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All artists are influenced by or incorporate issues and events of their time and place in their artworks. This statement is confirmed by a number of artists such as Polykleitos (5th century BC), Michelangelo (1475-1564) and the father of cubism, Picasso (1881-1973). Although some may be less influenced or may be one of the creators/fathers of their arts, all artists follow this statement as the time and place from where they were born helped mould the artists.

Polykleitos of Argos, was a renowned Ancient Greek sculptor from 5th Century BC. He was considered by many as one of the most important sculptors of his time. During his century, Greece went through many wars (e.g. Persian War) and soon rose to become one of the world’s greatest powers. The Greeks recognised the naked male figure to represent strength, power and all that were important in the perfect Greek man. Many of Polykleitos' works reflect this idea of the male perfection and were therefore usually displayed in public areas to remind the Greek people of male perfection. His work Doryphorus, is shown as highly masculine and is correctly proportioned to further show the male perfection. Polykleitos' works, were however ahead of his time as he was one of the fathers of what is now recognised as the Classical Greek style. His works incorporated contropposto (the sculpture places one leg forward to portray movement) to try and emphasise the athleticism and strength of the male figure. Another of his works (Apollo of Mantua), reflects the beliefs of the Ancient Greek civilisation. Apollo, is in Greek mythology the messenger God, and is therefore sculpted to once again show, what the Greeks believed to be the male perfection. The sculptor is shown as fierce, well-built and...

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...d the Analytic Cubist movement. During the Second World War, Picasso stayed in France under Nazi rule but his artistic style did not fit that of the Nazi artistic ideal. Although Picasso continued painting, he did not exhibit during that time. Picasso's works were usually held in exhibitions and were highly renowned although there were still many who did not agree with his style. Overall, Picasso's works reflected that of his time as the creation of the camera lead to a new movement of art which is still respected to this day.

Ultimately, it can be seen that all artists are influenced or incorporate issues and events of their time in their works, whether this is from the desire to portray Greek perfection to that of religious beliefs and the creation of the camera. To become renowned like Polykleitos, Michelangelo and Pablo Picasso, this statement must be followed.

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