Ch 4: Famous Friezes

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Neoclassical Architecture - Chapter Summary

Our instructors describe the design, artistry and history of some of the world's most famous friezes, including the Bassae frieze in the Temple of Apollo Epikourios and the Dionysiac frieze in the Villa of Mysteries, in these engaging lessons. In an flexible format, our instructors have written these lessons to easily communicate the essential information you need to know. You can review these learning materials on your mobile device at any time for completely convenient and self-paced study. Feel free to check your understanding using the multiple-choice quizzes. These lessons are designed to help you:

  • Define a frieze and examine the history of friezes in architecture
  • Look at the Beethoven frieze by Gustav Klimt
  • Explain the meaning of Klimt's Tree of Life frieze
  • Explore the history and patterns of the Greek friezes
  • Give information on the Dionysiac frieze in the Villa of Mysteries
  • Report on the Gigantomachy frieze of the Pergamon Altar
  • Describe the Bassae frieze from the Temple of Apollo Epikourios

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: Famous Friezes
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What is a Frieze in Architecture? - Definition & History

1. What is a Frieze in Architecture? - Definition & History

Classical architecture has several distinct components. In this lesson, we'll look at the frieze, and see how this term has changed meaning in the millennia since its invention.

The Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt

2. The Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt

Can you paint a picture of music? What kind of images would you use? In this lesson, learn about Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, who as a member of the Vienna Secession connected art and music in his famous 'Beethoven Frieze.'

Gustav Klimt's Tree of Life, Stoclet Frieze: Meaning & Painting

3. Gustav Klimt's Tree of Life, Stoclet Frieze: Meaning & Painting

When is a tree more than a tree? The idea of the Tree of Life has been used as a symbol since ancient times. In this lesson, explore its use in decorative artwork by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt.

Greek Friezes: History & Patterns

4. Greek Friezes: History & Patterns

Have you ever looked up at a building and noticed sculpture in a band across an area near the roof? Did you know the idea comes from Greek architecture? In this lesson, explore the history of Greek friezes.

The Dionysiac Frieze in the Villa of Mysteries

5. The Dionysiac Frieze in the Villa of Mysteries

Have you ever looked at a picture and wondered what it meant? A building in ancient Pompeii includes a strange, large painting full of humans, gods, and mythical creatures. In this lesson, explore the Dionysiac frieze in the Villa of Mysteries.

The Gigantomachy Frieze of the Pergamon Altar

6. The Gigantomachy Frieze of the Pergamon Altar

How do you portray a massive battle in art? Out of what material would you make it? In this lesson, explore the story behind the Gigantomachy frieze, a massive Greek sculptural work on the Pergamon Altar.

The Bassae Frieze of the Temple of Apollo Epikourios

7. The Bassae Frieze of the Temple of Apollo Epikourios

Greek mythology includes fantastic battles with Centaurs and Amazonian warrior women. What do such stories have to do with temples, places of thanks and worship? In this lesson, learn about the Bassae Frieze in the Temple of Apollo Epikourios.

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