Art From Three Different Cultures Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of pieces of art from the classical Greek, Indian and Egyptian civilizations.
# 150869 | 2,073 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 29, 2012 in Art (History) , Art (Painting)

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The paper examines the classic Greek marble sculpture known as the Venus of Arles,
the Indian Bani Thani paintings and the Egyptian painting titled, "Nany's Funerary Papyrus". The paper highlights the meaning behind these works and shows how each of these different cultures produced works of art that were meant to entertain, enlighten and be viewed for enjoyment.

From the Paper:

"The Classic Greek work of art I have chosen is the marble sculpture the Venus of Arles, which now resides in the Musee du Louvre in Paris. It is made of Hymettus marble and is thought to be as old as the third century BC. It is thought that the Venus was created by the sculptor Praxiteles, in an attempt to recapture his sculpting career. It is often called the Aphrodite of Arles, too. It was made by painstakingly chipping away bits and pieces from a solid block of marble (the original size of the block is show at the base of the statue, which shows how long this process must have taken). This is a visual art form that I interpret as meant to be visually appealing and decorative.
"It was found in 1651 in the Roman theater in Arles, France. It was presented to King Louis XIV, who kept it in the galleries of Versailles until it was transferred to the Louvre. It was restored by the French sculptor Francois Girardon, who added the apple and mirror in her hands. There are thoughts that these may not be representative of the original statue at all (Bens, 2009). The French sculptor recreated many other areas of the statue, as well. An early art historian writes, "Restorations: the tip of the nose, part of the hair ribbon, the right arm, the left fore arm, both hands, numerous fragments of the drapery, and the big toe of the right foot" (Von Mach, 1905, p. 202)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bens, K. (2009). Aphrodite of Arles. Retrieved 16 Oct. 2009 from the Museum of Antiques Web site:
  • Editors. (2009). Kishangarh miniatures - In quest of divine love. Retrieved 16 Oct. 2009 from the India Profile Web site:
  • Nalubwama, E. (2009). Ancient Egyptian papyrus. Retrieved 16 Oct. 2009 from the University of Minnesota Web site:
  • Sikander, N. (2009). Bani Thani paintings. Retrieved 16 Oct. 2009 from the Ethnic Paintings Web site:
  • Von Mach, E. (1905). A handbook of Greek and Roman sculpture. Boston: Bureau of University Travel.

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