Ancient Greece has a certain familiar presence in modern times, from the Trojan War and Odysseus to the commanding presence of the Parthenon. Art has an important role in keeping the ancient culture alive and well no matter the passage of time. Here’s a quick introduction to ancient Greek art, which still delights and keeps art enthusiasts and collectors in awe.
Ancient Greeks were united by their shared language, culture, and religion despite being divided into poleis or city-states, which are self-governing bodies. Making this bond stronger were the “Panhellenic” structures and festivals that reflect all things Greek and encouraged competition and exchange, such as the Olympics.
Much of the modern understanding of ancient Greece takes off from the classical art of 5th century B.C.E. Athens, not there are different long periods that all echo Greek civilization, art, and culture. The Greeks’ so-called “Dark Age,” for instance, followed the collapse of the Mycenaean citadels of the late Bronze Age and its construction, metal works, and writing. The Archaic Period, on the other hand, is known for its large-scale marble kouros (male youth) and kore (female youth) sculptures, with influence from ancient Egyptian sculpture.
Much of modern knowledge of classical Greek art also comes from objects made out of stone and clay and surviving for thousands of years. Classical Greek pottery, perhaps the most utilitarian of its art forms, included small terracotta figurines as gifts to gods and goddesses.,
There is a handful of notable ancient Greek artworks, including the Fallen Warrior from Temple of Aphaia, the Pergamon altar, the Riace bronzes, and the goddesses from the east pediment of the Parthenon, to name a few. To have the highest form of reverence for it means keep honoring and recognizing the remaining traces and official history of this classical art period.