Created in the beginning of the Classical Period of Greek sculpture (ca. 480?300 BCE), this refined and balanced amount is the embodiment of beauty, command, and strength.
Believed to symbolize the most powerful of the Olympian gods, Zeus (or less likely Poseidon), this massive bronze sculpture was seen in two sections at the base of the the sea off the Cape of Artemision in the 1920s. Zeus is somewhat bent and revealed in total epic nudity with his left arm and foot throw dynamically forwards in the course of his foes, while his right leg and arm are lifted, indicating motion. Zeus is the militant guardian ready for activity and would have initially been holding a thunderbolt (or trident, in the instance of Poseidon).
Meant to be seen from one vantage point that was ideal?standing facing the vast and muscle torso?this three-dimensional figure presents complete mastery of physiology. From the bulging veins of his feet, the extreme expression on his face, and the variegated transitions between muscles, Zeus seems to be represented from a human model. Yet, on closer examination, it's clear that facets are proportions and simplified enlarged to give the model body worthy of his divine status to the amount. Is in keeping with the Greek concept of gods exceptionally strong and immortal, yet subject to unpredictable emotions of mortal beings and the character defects.
The Greek word for picture, means?joy, agalma,? And a sculpture in this way would have been created for the joy of the gods, but also not only Greek citizens. This statue was likely created as a votive for a temple. In presenting such works as offerings, the Greeks tried to appease their gods, earning party favor or divine aid in return.
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