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Ancient Greek Sculpture by Mind Map: Ancient Greek Sculpture
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Ancient Greek Sculpture

Archaic Period

600 B.C-480 B.C

influenced by work of egyptians

creating perfection in human form

rigid and unnatural

blank faces

Greeks were the first to create free-standing statues in this period of time

Classical Period

5th to 4th century B.C

contrapposto stance

one leg is extended and the imaginary shift in weight is modeled into the statue to convey a sense of gravity and enhance the realism of the piece.

Females were depicted nude

Flowing robes

The robes gave the sculpture the idea of movement and realism in an effort by the artist to show humans more realistically.

Hellenistic Period

started a little before 300 B.C

difficult to see the distinctions between the Classical and Hellenistic period

both majorily displayed sculptures as nude

a young, vigorous, and athletic person

attempted to capture the idea of youth and strength in their design

Basic Facts

Greeks portrayed the gods in very similar fashion as they did the regular humans

This is also similar in Greek stories, where the gods are shown to have very human characteristics, both good and bad.

There were no distinctions of size or body make up in their sculpture which would suggest that the gods where greater or more powerful then the humans

basis of the sculpture in Rome

If the Romans had not made copies of the Greek sculptures, many of the Greek Legends and stories that we know today would have been lost to antiquity.


stone and paint

marble and bronze

had multicolored surfaces

traces of this are hard to find today

Other materials such as clay were also used but due to their brittle nature very few have survived

Geometric Art

900 B.C-700 B.C

wooden cult statues

None of the statues have survived and the descriptions of them are vague despite the fact that some were objects of idolization for hundreds of years



Perfect Form

Building steps to clothing

young athletes



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Aphrodite at Knidos

Hermes with the Infant Dionysus


Alexander the Great