The Main Characteristics of Ancient Greek Statues
The Archaic Greeks manufactured the first freestanding statuary, an amazing achievement as most sculptures up until then had been reliefs cut into walls and pillars. Most of the freestanding statues were of youthful, winsome male or female (kore) Greeks and are known as kouros figures. Representing beauty to the Greeks, the kouroi were crafted to appear stiff and always had foot in front; the males were healthy, powerful, and nude. Around 650 BC, life-size versions of the kouroi began to be seen. The Archaic period was tumultuous for the Greeks as they progressed into more polished forms of government and art, and obtained more information about the peoples and societies outside of Greece. And yet these disputes did not stop the emergence of the Greek civilization.
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