Depicting men the Greeks glorified the beauty of the perfect body. The statues and other masterpieces were done with the perfect proportions, nude. The Greeks thought their Goddesses were also the most beautiful in the world- as all and everything in Greece! Or they were very much impressed by the power of women to give birth to a child. That was very important for
The people during the Classical Era of Greek worshipped God and godlike appearance was the main standard in their art. Statues became more natural and their posture, bodily movement were less stiff. They focused more on Olympics sports since ability to play sport became more important to the Greeks. They believed it was a way to become closer to their gods. To them, arete can be depicted through controlled movements and staged faces.
The Greek sculptures reach the new height of beauty, not only because the mastery of the technique, but also the fascination of human body. Greek art uses the outer appearance to reflect the inner power, it is the representative pattern of western art. The myth inspires the creation of sculpture. The fantasy of nature and society and the admire of god’s shape and personality makes the sculpture more multiple and abundant.
Creating an amazingly life-like appearance to its sculptures, not only demonstrated, in my mind, a higher intelligence, but is defiantly a tribute to their focus on superior strength and fitness. Although the realistic style was soon changed to create an even more ideal human figure, the understanding of the human body and how to recreate it through art was only the beginning of Greece’s contribution to the “classical ideal.” After their rise to power, gained by their triumph over Persia, the Greeks again changed the way we see art. This time they turned to their knowledge of geometry, focusing on the creation of grand architecture as their medium.
The period between 500 B.C.E to 338 B.C.E is referred to as “Classical Greece” due to the many achievements taken place, as well as the blossoming democracy in Athens, under the leadership of Pericles. One of the major confrontations during this period was between the Greek states and the Persian Empire.
Made from parian marble sculpted separately before being fixed with vertical legs, this piece of art is usually thought to portray Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of physical love and beauty. Venus de Milo is a statue of a naked woman with no arms, restoration experts have said that the statues arms and original base or plinth have been lost almost since the work arrived in Paris in 1820. It has been said that this was partly due to an error of identification because when the statue was originally reassembled, the other pieces that came of the left hand and arm were not believed to belong to it because of their overall rough appearance. This goddess is often shown with mystery, her attitude always tends to be unknown. However to this day, many experts are confident that these additional pieces were part of the original work of art despite the variation in the final product since it was often common to spend less time and effort to the parts believed to be less visible of a sculpture, Many sculpture reconstruction experts guess that the separately carved right arm of the Venus de Milo laid across her torso with her right hand rested on her raised left knee, hence her clasping the clothing covering
They associated each of their gods with a different aspect of life or nature. For example Zeus was the king of the gods, Athena was the goddess of wisdom, Dionysus was the god of wine, and the list goes on. The ancient Greeks erected massive temples to these gods for worship. Each god or goddess had his or her own temple for sacrifices or offerings. They Greeks believed sacrifice was necessary to appease the gods and keep everyday life fruitful and peaceful.
Greek mythology can be viewed as a mirror to the ancient Greek civilization. Ancient Greek myths and legends often reflected how the Greeks saw themselves. Myths were used by Greeks to make justifications of every existing aspect of earth as well as their own society. In myths, Greek gods & heroes often represented key aspects of the human civilization. From Greek mythology, we can learn about the favorable characteristics of humans, such as their behavior and valuable skills that were approved of by the ancient Greek society.
The Greeks needed to have a reason to explain their beliefs, they truly believed everything was controlled by a greater power. All living things must be controlled by different gods. The belief in the many Gods provided a feeling of security. Ancient Greeks were very spiritual and also philosophical. Most Greek Gods have human personality and appearances.
Ushistory. Org states “Ancient Greek art emphasized the importance and accomplishments of human beings. Even though much of Greek art was meant to honor the gods, those very gods were created in the image of humans”( Ushistory.org, 1). Ancient Greek sculptures made of either stone or wood and very few this day. Some sculptures the greeks made were freehanded, human form and preferred nudes.
These factors can be religious functions, economy, advertisements, etcetera. The beauty ideal as we know it nowadays, of course, differs from the ones ages ago or at least as far as we know. So not only culture changes the beauty ideal but also the time we live in. In this chapter the change over time in the beauty ideal will be studies and discussed.
According to Natalia Borecka (2017), only 14% of major brands are run by female designers, even though the majority of fashion design graduates are women. (para. ????) Furthermore, the fashion industry of today is sexist in a more covert way. It tries to sell women a fake sense of empowerment, for example using symbols and slogans of women’s liberation movement on clothes and in advertisements.
Fashion can find expression and be coded by materially and visually in forms of color, shape, texture and branding, and must be created and spread inside cultural fields combining local and global systems. Fashion is not just a social practice concerning clothing and address. It is more of an expressive sensibility favoring novelty and individuality, which energizes facets of both monetary production and personal consumption.
Fashion never remains the same and with the advancements in technology fashion has become even more wavering. Fashion is highly influenced from the social, technological and economical changes. A series of events that replace current societal patterns with the
In spite of being originated in the 17th century Baroque fashion has made a very strong comeback in the fashion realm. The Baroque period was all about exuberance drama and grandeur According to Cogsworth, ‘If it 's not Baroque, don 't fix it!’ (The Beauty and the Beast, 1991). The fashion industry seems to be inspired by the baroque fashion and this can be clearly seen in either the silhouettes of the garments or the bold and glorious prints. Fall/winter runway collection 2012of designers like Dolce and Gabbana and Balmain are a celebration of Italian spirituality and grandeur (Davidson, 2012).