Monday, March 8, 2010


Greek style is characterized by freedom of movement and of expression. Artists began to work in expressing the human figure in a more naturalistic manner. They were able to replace the strict asymmetry of the figure with a form more true to life. Sculptures were created in which the human body was sculpted into perfection. The Greeks lived in a time of freedom with almost no censorship. This lack of censorship gave artists the leeway to be more expressive in their artwork. Imitation of the structure, muscularity and natural movements of the human body in sculpture began to develop. This allowed humans to be depicted in motion. Stone sculpture began to be produced life size and over. The subjects began to change from human perfection to human realism, portraying ugliness, old age, and deformities.

The human body, which was exposed during athletic contests, was fascinating for artists. The muscular athletic body was portrayed in artwork and became accepted as perfection. Today, we view the athletic body as being the most attractive, especially in men. This is the body style many of us strive and work for.

Today, many artists portray human realism regardless of the medium in which they choose to work. As with the Greeks, they feel free to show people realistically whether it is outside appearance or through the expression of emotion. It seems to me that the Greeks led the movement in allowing artists more freedom to produce art that is more realistic and allows for him to show his thoughts through his work.

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