From Roman to Greek Art

Essay by Anonymous UserB, January 1996

download word file, 2 pages 3.5

Downloaded 301 times

From Roman To Greek Before the birth of Greek art, fully developed civilizations had indeed existed for thousands of years in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Crete; but from its earliest appearance Greek art quickly rose to dominate the entire Aegean and Mediterranean areas. Its underlying principles, which we call "Classical", imposed themselves over the whole of the ancient world. While other civilizations, reaching the end of their development, became exhausted, Classical art injected new life into the Italo-Etruscan tradition, spread through the provinces of Alexander's great empire, gave form to the art of Imperial Rome, and remained the basic premise for all European art. One of the Greek's best known sculpture, Apollo Belvedere, which the original (made about 4th century B.C.) used to be attributed to Leochares, is a Roman copy of a Hellenistic original. It is found at the end of the fifteenth century, perhaps at Anzio, and placed in the Vatican Belvedere by Pope Julius II.

Compare to Apollo Belvedere, the culture of the Augustus' sculpture, which called the Emperor Augustus, is different since the Apollo Belvedere is from the Greece and the Emperor Augustus is from the Rome. Emperor Augustus, was found at Prima Porta, which is north of Rome. Both the statuses are related in style. Both of them has a heroic, idealized body. Augustus' statue represents Augustus in his military role, stressing his strength of character and of feature, the pose is that of Polykleitos' famous Doryphoros, by far the most popular of the Roman copies of classical statues. The breastplate is carved with low-relief decoration and figures representing the return of the standards captured by the Parthians on three occasions from the Romans, an event in which Augustus took especial pride and which was in many ways the major diplomatic success...