The sculptures of Grace Church


I took this picture of the sculptures of the Grace Church in Manhatten because these sculptures are looks somewhat similar to the sculptures in Ancient Greek, specifically, the sculptures from Hellenistic Period. Why do I mention the time period? Because there was a huge difference between the sculptures from Classical Period and the Hellenistic Period. in the reading from Khan Academy “Ancient Greece, an introduction” it points out that the features of the Greek sculptures: free-standing, excellent smile, and contrapposto post. In the article “Art of the Hellenistic Age and the Hellenistic Tradition”,  The Hellenistic Period began after the death of Alexander, when Roman absorbed the Greek world into the vast empire, the ideas, arts, and the cultures have greatly impacted the Roman. “Hellenistic art is richly diverse in subject matter and in stylistic development,” wrote by the author from the reading. The sculptures in Hellenistic period started to have somewhat motion, which they were no longer standing in a contrapposto post. The arts have been influenced by cultures which it shows the diversity and composition. The sculpture was given life by the artics, which it told the story and expressed the feelings. The sculptures on the picture were telling the stories about this religion (I don’t know exactly what happened, but since it’s on the wall of the church…). look at the 3rd person from the right, the mouth is opening, the back is bending, he/she is looking forward, seems like want to get out of the wall or run away from something behind her/him. Even though these sculptures are not free-standing, they are more like the mural in the temple, but I believe arts must be related to each other.


Team Zeus, Yao



reading source, Ancient Greece, an introduction:

reading source, Hemingway, Colette, and Seán Hemingway. “Art of the Hellenistic Age and the Hellenistic Tradition.” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. (April 2007)

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