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The Human Figure in Greek Sculpture

The Human Figure in Greek Sculpture

Author: Erin Aldana

This lesson will focus on the evolving idealism of the human figure in Greek sculpture.

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The Moschophoros or Calf-bearer, Creative Commons Wikimedia,, Anavyssos Kouros, Creative Commons Wikimedia,, Menkaure and Khamerernebty, Creative Commons, , Peplos Kore, Creative Commons Wikimedia,,  Acropolis Kore, Creative Commons Wikimedia, Kritios Boy, Creative Commons Wikimedia,, Doryphoros, Creative Commons Wikimedia,, Riace Warrior, Creative Commons Wikimedia,

Terms to Know
Archaic Smile

The stiff, unnaturalistic facial expression seen in many Archaic Kouros and Kore figures.

Canon of Polykleitos

A system of ideal proportions for the human figure, seen in the Doryphorus by Polykleitos, in which the size of the head was 1/8 of the total height of the figure.


A naturalistic pose in which the human figure places most of the weight on one foot, resting the other foot and creating a slight tilt in the pelvis.


An archaic Greek sculpture of a young woman wearing loose robes.


An archaic Greek sculptural image of a young athletic man, usually nude, standing with one foot in front of the other.


In a work of art, the quality of appearing lifelike and natural.


A robe or shawl worn by women in ancient Greece.