ITW1 Task 1 Literature, Arts and the Humanities: Analysis and Interpretation
Comparing Classical and Middle Age Art Periods
The Fourth and Fifth centuries brought the Classical Art period to Greece. This was a very significant period for Greek art. Before this time, art lacked dimension and intensity, but the onset of the classical period brought with it influential architecture, vase paintings and sculptures, giving life to its subjects. Many modern day artists draw their creative influence from the classical art period.
Athens conquered the Persia in 479 B.C. and began dominating Greece politically, economically, and culturally.” The Athenians organized allies to ensure the freedom of the Greek cities. Members of the Delian League provided ships and money to the Athenians and with financial control and a strong fleet, Athens slowly transformed what started out as voluntary members into subjects. By the years 454/453 B.C., came democracy with all adult male citizens participating in elections and meetings of the assembly, which served as both the seat of government and a court of law. (Hemingway & Hemingway, n.d.) With the war bringing such widespread devastation and destruction, Greece was faced with replacing almost all artwork. Using their newly found freedom and fast artistic abilities, they were able to create new artwork. This also allowed them to depart from older influence and fashion sculptures and paintings with more realistic characteristics. The new style rendered feelings, grace, and beauty. It began to display social eminence, status, and beautification of the Gods. “Greek artists of the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. attained a manner of representation that conveys a vitality of life as well as a sense of permanence, clarity, and harmony” (Hemingway & Hemingway, n.d.)
Advancements were made in vase painting. Before this time, red clay vases were painted with black figures. Now red clay was use for...