Category Archive 'Greek Art'

23 Sep 2023

Plaster Reconstruction of the Floral Akroterion Crowning the Ridge of the Parthenon

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03 Mar 2021

Black-Figure Dinos (Mixing Vessel): Warships (Int.); Heroic Scenes (Top) c. 520-515 BC

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Dinos, Antimenes Painter, c. 520-515 BC, Cleveland Museum of Art: Greek and Roman Art

A wealthy, educated man would have served wine from such a vessel at an all-male party (symposium) in his home. In addition to drinking, the men would recite poetry and argue politics or philosophy. A favorite poet was Homer, who lived about 850 BC, and is credited with having written the Iliad, the epic poem of the Trojan War, and the Odyssey, the book of Ulysses (Odysseus in Greek) travels after the war. When the dinos was filled to the rim, the ships painted on the inside appeared to float on the “wine-dark sea,” one of Homer’s most famous poetic descriptions. The decorations on the rim of this vessel include battle scenes, perhaps from the Trojan War, and scenes from mythology. Look at the rim as if it were a clock’s face. In addition to the nine scenes of warrior combat, at 4:00 there is a scene of Herakles Fighting a Centaur; at 6:00, Theseus Slaying the Cretan Minotaur; and at 10:00, Herakles Wrestling the Nemean Lion. On the interior rim five warships with boar-head prows sail over a wavy sea.
Size: Diameter: 50.8 cm (20 in.); Overall: 33.6 cm (13 ¼ in.); Diameter of rim: 34 cm (13 3/8 in.)
Medium: black-figure terracotta

26 Jul 2017

Greek Vase Animated

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16 Jan 2017

Head of Dog From the Acropolis


Late Classical Greek Marble Head of a Dog

Marble, Late 4th century B.C.E., Attic

W. 24 cm.

The most famous example of a dog carved in marble in Greek art is an example from the 6th century BC found at the Acropolis in Athens. This dog is thought to have been presented to the goddess Artemis of Brauronia, and its sharp gaze and figural handling all give a sense of tension to the form which looks as if it is about to leap up. By contrast, here the dog’s ears lie flat, there is a somehow immensely pettable quality to this dog, who is shown with a gentle somehow pensive gaze.

There was a remarkable practice of building stone steles in graveyards from the 6th century BC onwards in Greece, and developing from their simple styles seen in the early period of this practice, by the 5th to 4th centuries BC they had expanded into multi-figured scenes. Images of the deceased and his beloved dog frequently feature in these graveyard scenes, and it seems likely that this marble dog’s head was originally part of such a scene.

23 Dec 2014

Statue of an Athlete

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Statue of a athlete.

Bronze. Roman copy of Greek original of the 4th century BC from the school of Lysippos.
Inv. No. 5626.
Naples, National Archaeological Museum.

Hat tip to Ratak Monodosico.

26 Aug 2014

Dog’s Head Drinking Horn (Rhyton)

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Rhyton in the shape of a dog’s head, made by Brygos and thought to have been painted by the Brygos Painter, early 5th century BC, Departmental Museum of archaeology Gilort (Jérôme) Carcopino, Aleria, Corsica.

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