Classical Greek Sculpture

Changing Sculptures in Classical Times

Funerary Stelae for a woman in late 5th Century B.C.

(Source: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs)

By looking at the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtehion, at the Parthenon, and at the wall around the Temple of Athena Nike, the importance of sculpture in Classical Greece becomes abundantly clear. The people relied on sculptors to create magnificent pieces that would represent the Gods here on Earth as well as pay a huge tribute to the Gods in their temples and structures. The Kritios Boy, Doryphoros, Aphrodite of Knidos, and Apoxyomenos all pay tribute to those heroes on Earth, the changing times, as well as the importance of Gods in everyday life. The main objects in these sculptures are the male and female bodies and how the sculptors portrayed them. The Classical period was the beginning of proportions and attention to details of statues. Sculptors began to look at statues as mini structures and paid as much attention to them as they did to their precious temples littering the countryside. As statues began with heroes like the < I>Kritios Boy and moved onto more realistic and emotionally charged sculptures like Apoxyomenos. This time period marked the new beginning for sculptors everywhere and how they would depict Gods, heroes, and normal everyday people in the future.

The Kritios Boy

Doryphoros

Aphrodite of Knidos

Apoxyomenos

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