Ancient Mediterranean + Europe
- Ancient Greece, an introduction
- Introduction to ancient Greek art
- Contrapposto explained
- Classic, classical, and classicism explained
- Introduction to Greek architecture
- The classical orders
- Greek architectural orders
- Black Figures in Classical Greek Art
- Greek sanctuaries as artistic hubs
- Olympic games
- Victorious athlete: The Vaison Daidoumenos
- Prize amphora showing a chariot race
- A competitor in the long jump
- Sprinter on a vase from Rhodes and a bronze running girl
A brief explanation of the term contrapposto while looking at "Idolino" from Pesaro, (Roman), c. 30 B.C.E., bronze, 158 cm (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze), speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker.
Although these particular objects may not have been known in the Renaissance, the ideas and form of contrapposto were revived in the Italian Renaissance.
Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris.
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- How did SO much artistic change (one could say development?) happen in a mere hundred years!? We see the almost "Egyptian-style" Kouros figure dating to around 500 B.C.E. and then 100 years later we see the incredible and naturalistic Doryphoros figure dating 400 B.C.E.! Impressive!(43 votes)
- Consider the US from 1900 to 2000. The styles of art, going from 15 miles per hour to the moon and back, Morse code to twitter. We take knowledge and build so long as the country thrives.(4 votes)
- Don't I remember from one for your other videos that the man on the right is a Roman copy of a greek Kouros?(11 votes)
- Was it the Greeks who made Kouros widely popular or were other countries already doing that style of art? I have the same inquiry for Contrapposto?(6 votes)
- I notice that many contraposto statues include a stump or post, against which the weight bearing leg is leaning. Could the very name of the pose be because of this "against the post" ness? Therefore, "contra"-"post"?(4 votes)
- The original bronze statue would have been melded onto its base giving it better support, thus, not needing the brace or posts.(1 vote)
- @ or around the3:00mark, Dr. Harris is characterizing a contrast of the contrappasto described as natural and relaxed, to the Kouros whose knees are locked with both feet on the ground, also describing it as "Timeless." Well, I agree with timeless, but as to the idea of TENSION...and RELAXATION...initially looking at both poses the most relaxed position of the two which seems most comfortable in the preservation of energy....as in tension-less, hands down in my humble opinion is the Kouros. Timeless indeed for stillness in my view. Vs the standing on one leg....hand in the air....looks relaxed but not comfortable. The Kouros in my opinion is both relaxed and comfortable through nothingness. Does that make sense or am i off base?(3 votes)
- I suggest standing up and holding the pose of the kouros for a little while. It can be done of course but it is not comfortable or relaxing. The fists are clenched. The feet are close and parallel. Its not a stable pose. People don't stand like that for a reason.(6 votes)
- I agree with the view that being realistic isn't the only thing that makes art 'better', so the sculptor of the Kouros didn't try to make the Doryphoros and fail miserably, but why can't part of me help thinking that the Doryphoros is 'better' just because it is more realistic?(5 votes)
- Are the pyramids considered African Art since they are located on the continent of Africa?(3 votes)
- I don't think so, I think "African Art" signifies Sub-Saharan Africa because art is best understood in terms of spheres of influence. It has more in common with art from ancient Sumer than art from ancient Sub-Saharan Africa.(3 votes)
- what is the meaning of the word,other than what it is?
for example, what language did it come from, what are it's root words.this question was a little hard to put into words.(1 vote)
- The Latin prefix, contra,denotes opposition or the opposite side or direction.. The stem "pose" denotes placing in or assuming an attitude.(3 votes)
- When a sculptor carves a marble statue, does he usually make a model from clay to see how the forms ar working, or does he work directly into the stone? To have a model standing for you the length of time that it must take to work a block of stone seems improbable. How is it done?(2 votes)
- Some sculptors carve directly into the stone, others make clay models, then copy it into the stone using measurements. Once the sculptor has it all measured, he or she chips off all of the unwanted stone. Then he/she uses a chisel to create lines in the stone for texture. By this time he/she will have made the slab into a general design of the figure. Rasps and riffler are then used to enhance to statue. Finally, to polish the statue, the sculptor uses sandpaper and emery stone.(1 vote)
- At what time were bronze figures made? Were they also produced in the archaic period, or is it impossible to put a time frame on it? Weren't bronze art works melted down over the centuries to produce more mundane objects? If so, how can we be sure of their existance and in what numbers? Stone can't be reworked. That is why we have so many old stone statues, isn't it?(2 votes)