AR_H_A 3310 Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: Tube Top, Archaic Smile, Acropolis Of Athens

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Early Archaic Sculpture
oKouri / kouros
Means man
Closely modeled on Egyptian models.
Used same pose
Major differences: the complete nudity. Egyptians don’t really do
nudity.
Strengthening:
Egyptain model has a support pillar because they want their
sculptures to stand for all time.
Greeks have them balanced only with the feet.
Egyptain model would be contemorary to what they were seeinging (
Kouri made for a 150 years.
Earliest models:
40 ft high and then got smaller.
Tells us they have monumentallity in their head, and then decide it is
more strategic to make smaller
Uses:
Dedicated to sanctuary
God or person making offering
Grave marker
Representation of the person
New York Kouros, c. 600
Athenian
Took up to a year probably to make.
Expensive
Found in grave yard.
Connected to the elites in society.
Style: not terribly naturalistic
Very slender
Very linear non organic
Pose: wrist is against the body. But elbow faces out
(impossible).
Why nudity?:
archetypal -ideal interpretation of a person beyond time, age,
or place.
Exclusive from women / slaves/ barbarians
Women can not be shown nude, slaves are dressed.
Expressive of elite ideal\
potential
Figure's face:
Hair big round balls. No sense of how hair grows out of skulls.
Every features seem simple
Band around his neck.
Draws attention to nudity.
***Colossal kouros
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