Archaic Greece

Getty Kouros

Getty Kouros, ca. 530 BCE, or modern forgery.
Marble, 81 1/8" x 21 1/2".











Dipylon Vase

Geometric Style krater known as a "Dipylon Vase," from the Dipylon Cemetery,
ca. 740 BCE. Ceramic, Height 42 5/8".











Blinding of Polyphemus and Gorgons
Orientalizing Style
About 725 BCE, Orientalizing style merges numerous eastern motifs with Aegean tendencies
Whereas Geometric Style betrays a lack of concept for "the body," Orientalizing Style indicates newly emerging sense
  • Solidity of the body
  • Unity, body is an undivided whole rather than an aggregate of parts
  • Decoration subordinate to narrative and representation
    • Cyclops portrayed with illusionist devices
    • Right leg and arm hidden
    • Right hand peeps out from chest
  • Use of line-drawing for faces allows for more definition and detail
The Blinding of Polyphemus and Gorgons, ca. 675 - 650 BCE. Height 56".











Geometric Style
Orientalizing Style

Geometric amphora

black-figure olpe in Orientalizing Style

Geometric Amphora, 8th century BCE.

Pitcher (Olpe) from Corinth, ca. 600 BCE.
Ceramic with black-figure decoration, height 11 1/2".











Archaic Period
ca. 600 - 480 BCE


(Standing Youth) Kouros, from Attica, ca. 600 BCE. Marble, 6' ½" high.
Kroisos from Anavysos, ca. 530 BCE. Marble with remnants of paint, 6' 4" high.