influential work

Classical civilization art has had an enormous influence on a lot of different cultures across the world. The art of Ancient Greece is usually divided stylistically into four periods: the Geometric, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic. Popular art in that time consisted of sculpture and pottery a lot of the art was based upon gods and Titans myths of that time.

ATLAS was one of the second-generation Titans. He personified the quality of endurance. In one story Atlas led the Titans in a rebellion against Zeus and was condemned to bear the heavens upon his shoulders. In another, he was said to have been appointed guardian of the pillars which held earth and sky. He was also the god who instructed mankind in the art of astronomy, a tool which was used by sailors in navigation and farmers in measuring the seasons. These roles were often combined and Atlas becomes the god who turns the heaven on their axis, causing the stars to revolve. Michelangelo carved a sculpture. The sculpture of Atlas bearing the world, the piece is called ‘Atlas Slave’ The Atlas Slave is a 2.77m high marble statue dated to 1525-30. It is one of the ‘Prisoners’, the series of unfinished sculptures for the tomb of pope Julius the second.  It is now held in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence. The piece itself was frowned upon at the time, it can suggest insulting the gods that could come off as a pandemonium. Ancient Greek sculpture were mostly composed almost entirely of marble or bronze. The prevalence of these materials is owed to both their relative ease of attainment, their refinance of form over long periods. There are known examples of works created from gold or ivory, however these are both uncommon, relative to the collective body of Greek art. Michelangelo was an Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer who strongly was influenced on the development of Western art.  Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered as the Renaissance man. His list of art is endless, from architecture to paintings. a lot of his work involved biblical reference, myths and legends ideally Greek. Michelangelo was a huge influence and his skill is tremendous.

As the result of its relative durability, potteries a large part of the archaeological record of Ancient Greece, and because there is so much of it,  it has exerted a d large influence on our understanding of Greek society. as well as pottery being a form of art falling under different categories it also has time periods itself the most common style are as follows: Geometric, Orientalizing, black figure, red-figure, white ground technique and the Hellenistic style. The material and process are pretty simple, the material being clay and the process being firing.

Achilles was a Greek hero of the Trojan War, the central character and the greatest warrior of Homer‘s Iliad. marvelled upon by the Greeks as someone as a great man to be idealised. Because of Achilles triumphs and popularity he was a target for painters been in Greek artwork for centuries, most documenting his battles. A pot of that documentation is the ‘Athenian black-figure neck amphora of Achilles slaying the Amazon Queen Penthesilea at Troy’ The artist is unknown because of how long ago it was and no markings were found. Mentioned in mythology is Penthesilea. According to legend, this daughter of Ares accidentally killed her sister Hippolyte while hunting, and went to Troy to seek absolution. This occurs at the time of the Trojan War, so she joins with the Trojans in their fight against the Greeks. When Achilles encounters her in battle, he kills her. However, after the fact, he falls in love with the dead Amazon, and kills another Greek soldier, Thersites, for jeering at Achilles for falling in love with her. The Pot uses the style of Red figure The innovation of t technique was an Athenian invention of the late 6th century. The ability to render detail by direct painting rather than incision offered new expressive possibilities to artists that lead to greater anatomical detail and the representation of perspective.

The art presented in the time of Ancient Greece can be suggested it was used for the documentation of significant  past events, The artwork of classical civilisation has had a huge influence on western culture, Michelangelo’s work can suggest elements of Ancient Greece.Myown work doesn’t document as such but it’s quite similar, my own work is stylised just the paintings upon the pottery. A lot of detail is put into the piece, working in black. A piece I drew in my sketchbook is alike in style and media, however it was more modernised and done with pen!

This draw ins inspiration seldom come from imagination and was honestly  a doodle that blossomed into a whole page – I felt like I had to complete a whole page. For Unit 3 of my art A level I chose to use Ancient Greek art work to inspire me into detailed drawing, I chose to complete a whole page to get used to taking a longer time to produce art work.

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