A History of Greek Sculpture Volume 2

A History of Greek Sculpture Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...Its resemblance in type and style to the head of Apollo from the west pediment of Olympia, is striking in the highest degree. The sculptures of the west pediment of Olympia are, as we shall see, remarkable for nothing so much as the largeness of their style, and yet it is a largeness of style which the sculptor has only been able to attain by allowing himself extraordinary negligence of detail. His work represents the first great revulsion against the old formality and precision. It represents him incapable as yet to combine with his largeness and idealism the necessary truth to general detail which Pheidias knew how to combine. 1 Engraved, Encvcl. Brit., 9th: Vol. ii., pi. 10, fig. 1. ed., ', Costume," fig. 3. 3 Mu-ee d'Atlienes, pi. 16. CHAPTER VII. ARCHAIC STATUARY. Apollo of Orchomenos--Apollo of Tenea--Apollo of Acraephia--Strangford Apollo--The Dxdalides. It is to be borne in mind that Greek sculpture grew up chiefly under the practice of working in relief, and that under these circumstances the rendering of excited or violent action presented none of the difficulties which arise when a statue in the round is in question. A statue must stand free on its own feet, and accordingly in the earliest sculptures of this kind the artist, though possessed of the common conception of a figure strained throughout its limbs, has been compelled to adopt an attitude of apparent repose. This will be seen in the three marble statues from Tenea,1 Thera and Orchomenos, which, not so much because the name positively applies to them, as because no better title has been made out, are known as Apollo. They are each nude, with the legs close together, and the arms by the sides. The hair falls in a long broad mass down the back, the eyes are inclined...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236598806
  • 9781236598806