This is a reference to the fact that the art was not only beautiful and of high quality but that it came from a Golden Age in the past and was passed down to us today. Greek art influenced Roman art and both of them were an inspiration for the Renaissance. The Greeks have been described as idealistic, imaginative and spiritual while the Romans were slighted for being too closely bound to the world they saw in front of them.
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Vase Painting. The color of Athenian pottery is red and black, but it is all made from the same clay. When "raw" the clay is reddish-orange because of the large quantity of Iron Oxide Fe 2 O 3 it contains.
It was especially common between the 7th and 5th centuries BC, although there are specimens dating as late as the 2nd century BC. Stylistically it can be distinguished from the preceding orientalizing period and the subsequent red-figure pottery style. Figures and ornaments were painted on the body of the vessel using shapes and colors reminiscent of silhouettes. Delicate contours were incised into the paint before firing, and details could be reinforced and highlighted with opaque colors, usually white and red.
Ancient Greeks in the Classical Period ca. Yet elite Greek women were never shown in sexual situations in art, for blatant sexual expression was reserved only for men and the objects of their lust, such as prostitutes. Various surviving examples of Classical vase-painting from Athens blatantly and subtly represent prostitution.
There is a tragic pathos to this mighty sculpture of a dying hero from a temple on the Greek island of Aegina. Tragedy is a Greek concept. The tragedies of Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus are still performed.
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Ancient Greek art sought to represent the ideal naked body, especially the ideal male body. And of course the phallus is a part of that. Nudity was no big deal for a man in ancient Greece. Men saw each other naked frequently, be it in the gymnasionwhere they did sport together and socialised, or in the baths.
Ancient Greek art stands out among that of other ancient cultures for its development of naturalistic but idealized depictions of the human body, in which largely nude male figures were generally the focus of innovation. The rate of stylistic development between about and BC was remarkable by ancient standards, and in surviving works is best seen in sculpture. There were important innovations in painting, which have to be essentially reconstructed due to the lack of original survivals of quality, other than the distinct field of painted pottery.