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Kouros and Greek Ideal

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University of Alberta
Art History
ART H101
Hoyne Santa- Balazs

Kouros dates to 600Bc • very similar to Egyptian styles • archaic period onwards borrowed notion of ideal from E but very naturalistic • 150yrs later dramatic change • Kouros were painted w wax, sculpted at the height of youth, sculpture in the round free of social status. The lack of clothes to stand for the virtuous values. The Male body in a naturalistic observational way to represent the virtues. • Archaic period made in marble. After 480 in the classical period the Greeks perfect bronze casting on a massive scale., medium of choice in human representation was bronze, the techniques allowed for a more life like image. Kore=female figure but not paragon of virtues • Frequently commissioned by individuals used a grave markers or votive offerings 75 yrs. later 5-18 Kroisos Kuros figure demonstration how much more naturalistic. Archaic sculptures are special bc of their pose of even weight distributions, stiff striding, observation based stylized. Face is always the small, the archaic smile not narrative, Ceretian boy, 490/480 BCE • much more natural, not done by signs but by the muscles themselves, weight f the body on the back leg counter poise, a manner of representing the body in a way so that its weight appear to be shifted to the back of the
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