(Greek) Night At The Museum

Statues are going to come alive!

The medium our group will be using for blog post 2 will be a social media platform - Instagram. We will create an artificial account and address our own questions in our Instagram posts regarding sculptures in Ancient Greece, through videos and photos. Viewers can learn about ancient Greek sculptures through 3 questions that our group have prepared.

Our group’s video posts will be presented through the use of puppets. We have drawn inspiration from the Youtube Channel ‘Potter Puppet Pals’. Our group will address 3 questions:

  1. Why were sculptures important to the Greeks?

  2. Why were they mostly naked?

  3. How were their poses determined by the sculptors?

Our videos will be presented in a Q&A format between sculptures’ conversations. We will use the ancient Greek goddess Athena (a lost copy of the original sculpture of Athena Parthenon) as the host of the Q&A videos. This will be done by printing out pictures of the sculptures and turning them into ice-cream stick puppets and then doing a voice-over.

School of Lysippos. May 2006. Atleta di Fano. Wikimedia Commons.

School of Lysippos. May 2006. Atleta di Fano. Wikimedia Commons.

The “guests” on each video post will depend on which sculptures are relevant to the questions being asked. For example, for question 2 we will be using Atleta Di Fano (between 300-100 BCE), also known as the Victorious Youth.

 

Greek sculpting is divided into 3 main periods, the Archaic period, the Classical period, and the Hellenistic period. We will be focusing on sculptures from Classical period (500 - 323 BCE).

Mattgirling. August 2011. Venus de Milo (Aphrodite). Wikicommons Media.

Mattgirling. August 2011. Venus de Milo (Aphrodite). Wikicommons Media.

 

 

This was when ancient Greece was at its height in arts and creativity, so we believe that examples from that period stand out more from a historical perspective as they are more relatable.

Examples of such sculptures are Aphrodite and Atleta Di Fano (between 300-100 BCE).

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