Monday, October 13, 2008

Ancient Greece Part IV- Hellenistic Period

I have posted on three earlier period of Greek art. Check out the Geometric Period, the Archaic Period, and the Classical Period.

Between 334 and 323 BCE, Greece took over many other countries. When the Greek ruler, Alexander the Great, died in 323 BCE, he had a huge empire. The people who lived in the areas the Greeks took over had art and culture of their own. Their styles blended with the Classical Greek artistic style to create something new. This began the Hellenistic Period of ancient Greek art.
During the Hellenistic Period, sculptors still created sculptures of gods, like Nike of Samothrace (above) and Venus de Milo (below).

They also sculpted children (such as Boy with Thorn, shown below), elderly people, and Africans. These subjects had not been popular before.
Hellenistic sculptors created many copies of earlier, Classical Period sculptures, as well, because wealthy art collectors wanted them for their homes.

After 31 BCE, art began to change again. This marked the end of the Hellenistic Period.

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