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Six Greek sculptors (1915) (14781301344)

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Identifier: sixgreeksculptor00gard (find matches)
Title: Six Greek sculptors
Year: 1915 (1910s)
Authors: Gardner, Ernest Arthur, 1862-1939
Subjects: Sculptors Sculpture, Greek
Publisher: London : Duckworth and Co. New York : C. Scribner's Sons
Contributing Library: Harold B. Lee Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Brigham Young University



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thusiastic description of the exquisite curves andoutlines of body and limbs. The figure is not, as in somany Praxitelean statues, represented as supportedpartly on one elbow, though something of the sameeffect is given by the drapery that falls from the handon to the vase; but the delicate poise of the figure andthe strong curve of the median line are as characteristic.The form of the body, as Lucian says, hits the happymean between too slight or too soft and heavy pro-portions ; but they have a breadth, simplicity anddignity of type, especially in the modelling of thechest, which contrasts strongly with the too roundedand narrow forms of later Aphrodites. The head, ofwhich we have more and better copies, shows thedelicate oval characteristic of Attic art. The hair,which frames the high triangular space of the forehead,has a wavy texture and a roughness of surface which,as in the Hermes, suggests rather than reproduces thetexture of the material, and is contrasted with the Plate XLVI
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HEAD OF APHRODITE. KAUFMANN HEAD. AFTER ANTIKEDENKMAELER, I., XLI To face p. 157 PRAXITELES 157 smooth and elastic skin of the face; it is this latterabove all that in the Petworth head shows the samewarmth and life that we noticed in the Hermes, andthat has led to its being claimed as an original work otPraxiteles. But the life is above all in the expression.This may be appreciated partly from the head of theVatican statue, partly from the Kaufmann head inBerlin, which appears to be a good copy of the original.The treatment of the eyes, on which the expression toa great extent depends, has lost much of its delicacy,as was to be expected; but we can judge of it fromthe Hermes and from the Petworth head. They werelong and not widely open, the lower lid, especially atthe outside, almost fading into invisibility; and theresultant vagueness of outline contributes to the softdreamy expression, as of Lelys sleepy eye thatspeaks the melting soul. Yet there is nothing here oflanguor or volupt

Ernest Arthur Gardner (1862–1939) was a British classicist and archaeologist; he was born in London 16 March 1862, son of Thomas G., stockbroker, and Ann Pearse; educated at the City of London School, and afterwards entered Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He was appointed Director of the British School of Archaeology, Athens, 1887-95. He assisted Petrie in the excavation of the city of Naucratis 1885-6, helping then and later to establish important connections between Saite Egypt and Greece, and contributing the chapter on the inscriptions to the report. He was of great help to Petrie in his work of cross-dating Egyptian and Aegean objects; he also contributed to Art of Egypt through the Ages, 1931; he died in Maidenhead, 27 Nov. 1939.

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