The Evolution of the Human Form in Greek Sculpture
Rough Draft Due: Wednesday October 19, 2017
Final Due: Tuesday October 24, 2017
1. “Man is the measure of all things.” (Protagoris)
What is the significance of the male nude to the Greeks? What motivated their quest for perfection in male nude sculpture?
Analyze the evolution of this art form from the Archaic period through the Hellenistic period – connecting how philosophical and mathematical ideals influenced the Greek sculptors and pushed them to ever higher achievements.
2. Examine the female figure in Greek art. Trace the evolution from earliest Aegean cultures to the early Greek styles through to the Hellenistic period. How did the social position of woman/ goddess in these two cultures differ? How is that reflected in the art? How did Greek attitudes about the female form in art shift over time? Why? How did that influence the way in which the female form was depicted in Greek art over time?
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