Western Art Essay

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This essay will be about the ancient western art and how the art has been contributing to the evolution of the culture in our society. I selected three different pieces of art from different periods in order to analyse them and point out the differences as well as evolution of them among variety cultures. More specifically, I have chosen the Egyptian sculpture from 2400 B.C, then Greek sculpture of the god from 500 B.C. and last but not the least Roman sculpture of an athlete from A.D. 110. All three pieces are exposed in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Importance of the western art and its contribution for the evolution of different cultures in different periods and the analysis of three pieces will be examined in this essay.
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More specifically it is from archaic period about 520-510 B.C. Hermes was a god from Greek mythology. He was the second youngest son of the Zeus. “The Greeks may have borrowed heavily from Egypt in order to arrive at their first full-sized, free-standing figures.” (Spivey, 2005, p. 71) APPENDIX B represents Kouros, which is typical male sculpture from archaic period. The structure of the body is very pleasing for our eyes. However, his foot is missing, we can clearly see that his left leg is in front. That position is typical for male representative from that period of time. The sculpture is positioned on pedestal and the size is only 16.7 cm. But there is small difference compare to regular Kouros. In this case, his hands are not close to his body. The right hand is in the right angle position. It looks like he was holding something. Some people suggest that he was holding herald’s staff. Under his right hand, he is holding small ram. He is portrayed as shepherd in this case moreover the ram bearer. The statue was made from grey platina and it was molten. Some of the details were added after the molten process. The statue is asymmetrical but there is repeated pattern in his lower part of the body. We can divided his legs in to small rectangles which create the rhythm in this case. (Museum of Fine Arts Boston,
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