• Democratic society • Athens became the center
for learning and culture
• Importance and
on th individual.
• Gods and Goddess were worshipped because they were
images of perfection…
Three main periods
1 _ Archaic period the painting, sculpture and architecture = simple
2 _ Classical period referred to the golden age of Greece. Reflects the
Greek search for perfection and truth through
beauty and simplicity.
3 _ Hellenistic period (Greco - Roman period) more international in
outlook than in previous times. The art was less
formal and more naturalistic and emotional. It was
often quite dramatic.
After the Hellenistic period, the style of Greek art continued for another
250 years during the Roman empire.
What art was recovered from this period?
• Elegance & beauty
• Idealised the human
• Prefect proportions
Greek painting is known today almost entirely from
the work done on pottery.
From very stylised, or simple, geometric forms in
the Archaic age to more naturalistic forms in the
Classical and Hellenistic periods.
Painting on vases represent war, sport and
everyday events, as well as activities of the gods.
The human figures are idealised rather than
Line work is simple and free of
The lines are often repeated and
Greek artists later experimented
with perspective and
Ancient Greek Pottery
• Human figures
• Ornamental shapes
• Geometric patterns
• The figures were always painted
so that they and their story
fitted the shape of the vase
• Always linear
Types of vases
• Black figure style - black painted figures on terra-cotta red background
Types of Vases
• Red figure style - background painted black and images appeared in terra-cotta red.
The ancient Greeks used the trabeated style (also known as post and lintel).
Temples were the most important buildings, built of stone, many survived.
There are three main styles, or orders. An order consists of a column with a
Made as a work of art and also
Gods and goddesses, athletes,
philosophers and political
leaders were sculpted as
Greeks believed that perfection
of the soul was mirrored in
The Greeks had a good
knowledge of anatomy and they
paid great attention to the
accuracy of the details,
especially the muscles.
Greek and Roman art and culture have been very
influential over the last 2000 years. Not only did
they inspire the Renaissance in the 15th and 16th
centuries, but they have also inspired other
Scrape board: border and vase
Check this websites: http://world4.eu/the-ancient-
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