January 17, 2016.

Painting With The Girls 17

January17, 2016

Day 17 (349 days to go)



Postcard watercolor, collage, 5X7 matted

The death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. marked the beginning of the Hellenistic period. During this time, sculptures and ornaments began to show the change in taste towards delicacy and refinement.

E. H. Gombrich writes in The Story Of Art, “ It was at this time and this atmosphere, that rich people began to collect works of art, to have famous ones copied if they could not get hold of originals, and to pay fabulous prices for those which they could obtain. Writers began to be interested in Art and wrote about the artists’ lives, collected anecdotes about their oddities and composed guidebooks for tourists.”

The most admired artist of the century was Praxiteles, whose work is lost to us forever, but we know of him because he was praised in many poems. His most well known work was Aphrodite Stepping Into Her Bath.

There were plenty of famous painters during this time, but there is no work from this period that still exists.

My favorite place to admire Greek art is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and the British Museum in London.

Tomorrow we will start with the Roman Empire and the first four common-era centuries. 

At The British Museum 2015

My favorite piece, 460  BC  Aphrodite flies with magic swan.