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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, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ACMA_Moschophoros.jpg, Anavyssos Kouros, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kouros_anavissos.jpg, Menkaure and Khamerernebty, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:King_Menkaura_(Mycerinus)_and_queen.jpg , Peplos Kore, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ACMA_679_Kore_1.JPG,  Acropolis Kore, Creative Commons Wikimedia, Kritios Boy, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:009MA_Kritios.jpg, Doryphoros, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Doryphoros_MAN_Napoli_Inv6011-2.jpg, Riace Warrior, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Reggio_calabria_museo_nazionale_bronzi_di_riace.jpg

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.

  • Contrapposto

    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.

  • Kore

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

  • Kouros

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

  • Naturalism

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

  • Peplos

    A robe or shawl worn by women in ancient Greece.