Ancient Greek Art: An Introduction

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.

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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.,

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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.

Sadigh Gallery is a family-owned, New York-based art gallery specializing in ancient artifacts, artwork, and coins. For more articles like this, visit this page.

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Sadigh Gallery is a family-owned art gallery specializing in ancient artifacts and coins from around the world. The gallery was established in 1978 as a small mail order company which was operated by one man, Michael Sadigh. After achieving much success, he then moved to the current location on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in 1982. Our focus is on providing affordable ancient antiquities and friendly, down-to-earth service. As a family-owned business, we greatly treasure the interaction with our customers. A large portion of our customers have been with us for 10 to 20 years, and we are grateful that they have become good friends, rather than simple business partners. We pride in providing quality service to each and every one of our customers, and their satisfaction matters most to us. If you have any questions, concerns, or any other comments regarding our merchandises or services, feel free to call us at your convenience. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority! All of our antiquities are guaranteed authentic, and all items are sent with a Lifetime Certificate of Authenticity. We provide secure packing to ensure safe delivery. Contact us for more information, or to receive one of our FREE CATALOG today. Contact Information: 303 Fifth Avenue Suite 1603 New York, NY 10016 Toll Free (800)426-2007 Tel (212)725-7537 E-mail: Info@sadighgallery.com Web www.sadighgallery.com Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00AM – 8:00PM Open on Sundays by appointment only. Closed on Saturdays.
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