Ancient Greek Bronze Statues & Artefacts - Pictures & Images of - { 295 images } Created 8 Feb 2016

Pictures images and photos of Ancient Greek Bronze statues. Ancient Greek bronze status are very rare as are all bronze works of art from antiquity because the valuable bronze was regularly recycled. Many of the Ancient Bronze statues that have survived have been excavated from shipwrecks, like the Riace Bronzes, or from cities buried by catastrophe like Pompeii and Herculaneum. The Bronze Ancient Greek statues that do survive from the Classical era when an increase in the use of statues and sculptures as decorations of buildings. The characteristic temples of the Classical era, such as the Parthenon in Athens, and the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, used relief sculpture for decorative friezes, and sculpture in the round to fill the triangular fields of the pediments. The difficult aesthetic and technical challenge stimulated much in the way of sculptural innovation. Great Ancient Greek sculptors like Praxiteles' Aphrodite of Knidos, whose work survives in Roman copies, was often referenced to and praised by Pliny the Elder. The Riace bronzes also called the Riace Warriors, are two full-size Greek bronzes of naked bearded warriors, cast about 460–450 BC that were found in the sea in 1972 near Riace, Calabria, in southern Italy. They belong to a transitional period from archaic Greek sculpture to the early Classical style, disguising their idealized geometry and impossible anatomy under a distracting and alluring "realistic" surface. They are fine examples of contrapposto - their weight is on the back legs, making them much more realistic than with many other Archaic stances. Their musculature is clear, yet not incised, and looks soft enough to be visible and realistic. The bronzes' turned heads not only confer movement, but also add life to the figures.

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