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published on 15 January 2013
The Trojan king Laomedon(?) from the east pediment of the Temple of Aphaia on Aegina (c. 490-480 BCE). The scene is thought to depict Hercules' attack on the city of Troy. (Glyptothek, Munich).
The original marble lions inside the site museum of Delos (those outside being copies). Originally there were as many as nine lions which lined the avenue leading from the sanctuary to the harbour of Skardanas. They were donated by the citizens of Naxos in the 7th century BCE.
The Sphinx dedicated to the oracle of Delphi by the state of Naxos, c. 560 BCE. Originally, it was placed atop a 10 m tall Ionic column. (Delphi Archaeological Museum).
Marble statue of Nike, Olympia. Dedicated to Zeus by the Messenians and Naupaktians after their victory over Sparta in 424 BCE. Sculpted by Paionios of Mende. (Olympia Archeaological Museum, Greece).
Lapith women from the west pediment of the temple of Zeus, Olympia in the severe style (c. 460 BCE). Olympia Archaeological Museum.
A bronze statue of Poseidon (or Zeus) from Cape Artemisium (460 BCE), National Archaeological Museum, Athens.
Archaic period sphinx (6th century BCE), Acropolis Museum, Athens.
The Artemision Bronze is a slighter larger than life sized statue recovered from the sea off Cape Artemision that represents either Zeus or Posiedon; the right hand either originally held a thunderbolt or a trident. The statue's creation dates to c. 460 BCE before the development of the classical style in the later half of that century, however, the context... [continue reading]
The birth of Aphrodite from the Ludovisi Throne. Two Horai (divinities of nature and the seasons) assist the goddess. The piece, made from marble from Thasos, was in fact part of an altar. 460-450 BCE. (Palazzo Altemps, Rome)
published on 17 November 2013
The Dexileos Stele assesses the way that Athenian political thought penetrated all levels of society, showing the conflict that the aristocratic classes were faced with in trying to find their place within the Athenian Democracy. As a visual document it presents an image that would have been seen and understood to those who passed it; despite being... [continue reading]
Greek sculpture from 800 to 300 BCE took early inspiration from Egyptian and Near Eastern monumental art, and over centuries evolved into a uniquely Greek vision of the art form. Greek artists would reach a peak of artistic excellence which captured the human form in a way never before seen and which was much copied. Greek sculptors were particularly... [continue reading]