Archaic and Classical Greek Artwork

Their purpose was to embody a spirit.

Archaic Greek sculptors fashioned the kouri statues quite similar despite their beginning evolution. Their heads were chiseled with pointed features and square, broad noses that join to the eyebrows in a flat plane. Known for their "Archaic smiles,aE their mouths were created full lipped and rounded at the corners. The Kouri body structure followed a ridged suit as well. They were created in a frozen walking stance with their weigh distributed evenly in an unreal symmetrical form. Finally, the hair was decoratively stylized in an almost stuck on helmet like fashion. What made the Archaic kouri statue so special was for the first time the human figure broke away from the Egyptian cannon and now had a left and right arm as well as a left and right leg.

But still there were many advances to come as will be seen in the transition from Archaic to Classical Greek art. Classical Greek artists took what was already achieved and perfected it to a fully realized version of the human figure. They achieved this by adding such concepts as symmetria and rythmos. Both of these elements were essential to the development of the ultimate cannon.



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