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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...stones, and various soft materials in moulding, as clay, wax, and bronze, also metals. 37. Sculpture; owing to the materials used, and also to the fact that being smaller than architecture relics of the past have in many cases remained safely underground for centuries. Upwards of 60,000 buried statues have from time to time been brought to light. 38. From the beginning of human society; that of Egypt and Nineveh are best known, reaching back 1700 and 2000 years B. C. 39. The Egyptians, but neither of the nations arrived at a clear 1mderstanding and representation of the human form. 40. The Etruscans of Italy, Whose work has been excavated in great quantities. 41. All the early schools down to 600 B. C. They lacked ease, fullness, and movement in the human form, were stiff and without pure imagery, an age uninstructed in technical knowledge. 42. At the beginning of the 6th century B. C., schools were formed in the great cities of Greece and Italy, and many illustrious names are handed down to us; the artists sculptured on a colossal scale; the Elgin Marbles were produced at that time. 43. The Greeks, who excelled all nations of ancient or modern times. 44. About 484 B. C., when Phidias was born. He was the greatest sculptor of ancient Greece, and even the imperfect relics we possess are the noblest specimens of sculpture in the world. He was employed by the ruler of Athens, Pericles, to beautify the city. The Olympian Zeus, or Jupiter, of Elis, and his Athene, or Minerva, in the Pantheon at Athens, are believed to be the noblest statues ever produced; the nude parts were of ivory, the drapery solid gold, and the eyes precious stones. Phidias died in prison either from neglect or poison, in 432 B. C. 45. A collection of ancient sculptures, ..show more

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  • Paperback | 178 pages
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236885104
  • 9781236885104