Art Appreciation

The food in this image symbolizes tradition. The tradition is to put the table every day and enjoying dinner. It is as if I could feel the love that the lady fixes the table with.

The whole of Greek art was bound to undergo a change in the Hellenistic period. This change can be noticed in some of the most famous sculptures of that age. One of them is the altar of Zeus from the city of Pergamon which was erected around 160 BC. The group on it represents the struggle between the gods and the Giants. It is a magnificent work, but we look in vain for the harmony and refinement of early Greek sculpture. The artist was obviously aiming at strong dramatic effects. The battle rages with terrible violence. Everything is full of wild movement. To make the effect still more striking, the relief is no longer set flat on the wall but is composed of figures which, in their struggle, seem to spread out on to the steps of the altar as if they hardly troubled about where they belonged. Hellenistic art loved was about being impressive and it was.

Some topics in this essay:
La Merced, Pergamon Greek, Greek Gods,


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