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Greek Art

3. Freestanding Sculpture: Classical

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In this module, we continue our exploration of free-standing sculpture, moving into the Classical period. Material discussed includes: Polykleitos' Doryphoros and Diadoumenos, Hestia Giustiniani, the Karyatid figures from the Erechtheion, Aphrodite from the Agora, Nike by Paionios, Kephisodotos' Eirene and Ploutos, Praxiteles' Hermes and Dionysus and Aphrodite of Knidos, Skopas' Raging Maenad and Lysippos' Apoxymenos. With the male statues, there is a particular focus on composition (including the invention of contrapposto), while with the female statues we continue to look at the development of drapery.


In this course, we explore the art and architecture of the Greek world, looking in particular at free-standing sculpture (both Archaic and Classical), architectural sculpture, vase painting, and temple architecture. Within each of these categories, we explore issues of style, composition and techniques, the various functions of art and architecture, and general themes.


Professor Smith received her degrees from Yale (PhD, MPhil, MA) and Dartmouth (BA), and was also educated at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the American Academy in Rome, and the American Numismatic Society, and studied German at the Herder Institute, Leipzig. Before her appointment at Reading she lectured at Tufts University, Boston College, and the Massachusetts College of Art. She has also worked as an editor (Perseus Project; American Journal of Archaeology) and as curatorial assistant at the Yale University Art Gallery. She has excavated at the American School of Classical Studies' excavations in Greece (Athens' Agora and Corinth) and Spain (Pollentia, Alcudia, Majorca).

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Smith, A. (2018, August 15). Greek Art - Freestanding Sculpture: Classical [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Smith, Amy. "Greek Art – Freestanding Sculpture: Classical." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,