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The Art of Ancient Greece - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
As you might expect, gods and goddesses made for popular subjects in Ancient Greek artwork. Although Greek mythology was a common source of inspiration for artists, it was far from the only focus area in the art of Ancient Greece. In this chapter, you will take a look at sculpture, pottery and more. You'll explore styles, designs and cultural influences on the art of the Ancient Greeks. The lessons cover topics such as:
- What subjects and themes were common in Ancient Greek art
- How sociocultural and political events impacted Greek art over time
- What styles defined art during the Geometric and Archaic periods
- What the types of Ancient Greek pottery were
- How social and cultural influences impacted art during the Classical and Hellenistic periods
- How the Parthenon was constructed and its significance
|Ancient Greek Art, Pottery and Sculpture||Explore the characteristics and key elements of Ancient Greek sculpture and pottery.|
|The Evolution of Art in Ancient Greece||Trace the major divisions in Greek history and the types of art associated with each.|
|Greek Myth and Religion||Discover Ancient Greek gods and goddesses as well as religious beliefs.|
|Minoan Art: History, Images & Quiz||Learn about Minoan society and the characteristics of the civilization's artwork.|
|Greek Art of the Geometric and Archaic Periods||Examine the technical aspects and styles of Geometric and Archaic artwork.|
|How Politics Influenced Greek Art and Culture||Take a look at how Ancient Greece's political makeup impacted the culture and its artwork.|
|Ancient Greek Pottery: Types, History & Facts||Find out about the types of Ancient Greek pottery and how they were made.|
|Art of Ancient Greece's Classical Period||Explore the historical events and artwork of Greece's Classical period.|
|The Hellenistic Period: Definition & History||Learn about the spread of Greek culture during the Hellenistic period.|
|Historical &Artistic Developments of Greece's Hellenistic Period||See the technical developments, styles and influences of artwork from the Hellenistic period.|
|The Lost-Wax Casting Technique in Antiquity||Examine the Ancient Greek's long-wax method of casting.|
|The Parthenon||Discover the purpose of the Parthenon and why it was politically and artistically significant.|
1. Ancient Greek Art, Pottery and Sculpture
A survey of the transitions in Greek art, with special emphasis placed on the importance of materials and technique. This lecture explores Greek pottery styles from geometric to Orientalizing to black- and red-figure vases. It then turns to sculpture from Archaic styles to realism to idealism. Slides are shown throughout to get students familiar with these Greek styles.
2. The Evolution of Art in Ancient Greece
In this lesson, you will explore the evolution of art across several periods of Ancient Greek history. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz on painting, sculpture, and architecture.
3. Greek Myth and Religion
This lecture examines the troubles of generalizing Greek religion, before doing just that. It lists the major Olympian gods and their roles. It then explores the function of heroes in Greek religion. Next, the relationship between gods and men is laid out. Finally, it explores aspects of Greek myth that reemerge in Christianity.
4. Minoan Art: History & Images
In this lesson, we'll explore various types of artwork created by the Minoans. Minoans were early Greeks who created vivid images in their artwork, which became a popular export to surrounding areas.
5. Greek Art of the Geometric & Archaic Periods
In this lesson, you will explore two artistic periods in Greek art that saw the foundations of Greek styles emerge. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
6. How Politics Influenced Greek Art & Culture
In this lesson, you will explore the relationship between politics and art in Ancient Greece and discover how each fueled the other. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
7. Ancient Greek Pottery: Types, History & Facts
Have you ever wondered how the ancient Greeks made pottery and why they had so many different types? In this lesson, we'll discuss the history of ancient Greek pottery and learn how to identify the different styles of vessels.
8. Art of Ancient Greece's Classical Period
In this lesson, you will explore the artistic achievements of the Greek classical period and discover how these changes affected Western art. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
9. The Hellenistic Period: Definition & History
The Hellenistic period was a time when Greek culture spread throughout and influenced Southwest Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean regions. In this lesson, you'll learn about the history of Hellenistic society and culture and learn what the term 'Hellenistic' actually means.
10. Historical & Artistic Developments of Greece's Hellenistic Period
In this lesson, you will explore the cultural and artistic changes of the Hellenistic Period, the last major era of Ancient Greece. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
11. The Lost-Wax Casting Technique in Antiquity
In this lesson, you will discover the secrets behind the lost-wax casting technique used to create ancient sculpture. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
12. The Parthenon
In this lesson, you will explore the architectural and artistic design of the great Athenian temple called the Parthenon. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.
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Other chapters within the Art 101: Art of the Western World course
- The Art of Ancient Egypt
- The Art of the Ancient Near East
- The Art of Ancient Rome
- Early Christian Art
- Byzantine Art
- The Art of Early Medieval Europe
- Romanesque Art
- Gothic Art
- Fifteenth-Century Italian Art
- Fifteenth-Century Art of Northern Europe & Spain
- Sixteenth-Century Italian Art
- Sixteenth-Century Art of Northern Europe & Spain
- Baroque Art
- Rococo Art
- Neoclassical Art
- Romanticism in Art
- Realism in Art
- Impressionist Art
- Post-Impressionist Art
- Art of the Early Twentieth Century
- Postwar to Postmodern Art
- Contemporary Art