Art in Classical Greece

The literature of Greece and Rome is referred to as 'the Classics', because they were recognized as having authoritative excellence in thought and expression (Brilliant 9). Combine the two meanings and thus the definition of Classical Greece.

The art in early Classical Greece began a new range of expression when compared to the Archaic period of Greece. The Classical period had an interest in exploring emotions and changing states of mind, especially in a dramatic context. The Archaic statues tend to be more ionic, or unchanging and unaffected by the conditions of the world. In contrast, the Early Classical statues that began to emerge were more dramatic, and carry an impression that they represent one distinct stage in a series of events. The 'Strangford Apollo' sculpted around 490 BC is an excellent example of the outward humanization which characterizes the Archaic style Greece once used (Pollitt 74). But as time passed sculptors began to evolve a new style in sculpting. The 'Kritios Boy' sculpted around 480 BC seems to turn and ask you a question. Also, a great distinction between the two styles was the change in traditional stance; his weight i


 
 
 
 
 
 



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