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Difference Between Hellenistic and Classical Art

Hellenistic vs Classical Art

When talking about Hellenistic and classical art, both arts are known for displaying human anatomy.

In Hellenistic art, one can see that the art forms went beyond understanding human anatomy and looked at how the body moved and how it looked when in action. The Hellenistic art looked at how the muscles bulged or the torsos twisted when in action. But in classical art, one cannot see the emotions or the actions of the body; it is just the anatomy.

The Hellenistic art form is seen to be depicting more emotions; portraying the dramatic features that are filled with happiness, anger, agony, and humor. The classic sculptures do not come with these emotions but were idealized or static.

The classical art form originated well ahead of the Hellenistic period. The Hellenistic period began in 323 BC with the death of Alexander the Great and ended with the battle of Actio in 31 BC.

The Hellenistic art had borrowed many concepts from the classical art forms. The Hellenistic art form had a dramatic transformation from the classic art. The Hellenistic art form had borrowed many concepts from the classical art forms, such as depicting lines, shadows, emotions, and showing the dramatic poses and the light used.

In classic art forms, one can see more of rules and conventions. On the other hand, much freedom could be seen in the Hellenistic art forms. In Hellenistic forms, the artists had freedom with their subjects. In classical art forms, one can come across more religious and naturalistic themes. On the contrary, the Hellenistic art forms came out with more dramatic expressions of the spiritual as well as the preoccupation. There were more female nude statues in Hellenistic art.

Summary:

1.In Hellenistic art, one can see that the art forms went beyond understanding human anatomy and looked at how the body moved and how it looked when in action. In classical art, one cannot see these aspects.
2.The Hellenistic art form is seen to be depicting more emotions; portraying the dramatic features that are filled with happiness, anger, agony, and humor. The classic sculptures do not come with these emotions but were idealized or static.
3.In classic art forms, one can see more of rules and conventions. On the other hand, much freedom could be seen in the Hellenistic art forms.
4.In classical art forms, one can come across more religious and naturalistic themes. On the contrary, the Hellenistic art forms came out with more dramatic expressions of the spiritual as well as the preoccupation.


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3 Comments

  1. From this article it is comparing the classical to hellenistic human figures. Although it almost does not even talk about the classical art and human figures. The only thing this article does is describe features of hellinistic art almost defeating the purpose of the article. To me this article should talk about classical human figures more. Also describing facial expressions and how movement can be seen in the human figures. This article seems to have been written by a good writer but had a very limited knowledge on the subject.

  2. The last sentence should be changed…
    “There were more female nude statues in Hellenistic art.”
    It is just “plopped” in there. This should be stated in a previous paragraph and given detail to support it. Not just at the end of the the article.

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