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Why is Classical Greek sculpture such as this important to our study of art?




This question is part of Chapter 1: What is Art , Concept and Vocabulary Quiz
Asked by Catherine halcombe, Last updated: Feb 28, 2020

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catherine halcombe

Catherine halcombe

Answered Jul 17, 2019

It is said to be the source of Western aesthetics

Classical Greek art such as Doryphoros ( the Spear Bearer) by Polykleitos, is said to mark the beginning of Western appreciation for naturalism in art. Throughout history, artists have looked back to this period in history for inspiration ( ie, Renaissanceart, Neoclassicism).
 

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