The legacy of the ancient Greeks is still as strong today as it ever was, and no more so than in the area of art. The art of ancient Greece has inspired many artists – painters, poets, potters, sculptors, architects, and more – over the centuries, and is still admired by connoisseurs today for its beauty, intricacy, and for the reflection it offers of the people who created it.
Yet the topic of ‘ancient Greek Art’ is as broad as the period of the ancient Greeks itself, a period that spans not only time but also place, and which saw many separate peoples and regions flourish throughout the Greek and Mediterranean world. A study of ancient Greek Art also spans multiple disciplines, as the art of the ancient Greeks served far more than just an aesthetic function, providing functionality in the case of pots, stability in the case of architecture, and symbolic meaning in the case of sculpture, and much more besides.
This course will attempt to offer an overview of the evolution of ancient Greek Art from the Protogeometric period to the end of the Hellenistic period. We will examine a whole range of art forms including vases, paintings, architecture, and sculpture, looking at each from a variety of different perspectives. We will also explore some of the methods used by the creators of these works of art. This course lays the foundation for further study of the topic at university, whether as part of a classics, history or art degree, or for anyone with a keen interest in Art and ancient Greece.
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This tutorial introduces students to the main periods that historians and classicists use to study ancient Greek Art, and the characteristics of each period. We will trace the development of art from the Protogeometric period to the Hellenistic period.
This tutorial takes a closer look at some of the objects that we most associate with the ancient world – vases, jugs, and pottery. It looks at the different types of vessel made by the Greeks, as well as the ways in which these were decorated.
This tutorial moves away from mainstream forms of Greek art, looking at other objects of which fewer examples have survived the test of time, particularly in the case of painting. Despite this, we shall see that some extraordinary examples of Greek painting have survived, and will explore these among other objects.
This final tutorial moves away from the aesthetic experience of Greek art and focuses on the messages and meaning that Greek art conveyed to its contemporary audience. We shall see that such messages covered a diverse range of areas, including religion, warfare, mythology, politics, and more.
|Course Pre-requisites||Advanced/fluent level of EnglishPassion for Classical Civilisations, History and Art!|
|Course Level||For students thinking of applying to university to study Classics, Art, History or related subjectsFor students with a general interest and enthusiasm for this topic|
|Prior Knowledge||No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just enthusiasm for the subject.|
|Workload||4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)|