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9 Famous Ancient Greek Statues

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Greek God Statues are nothing short of magical. They can take you back to ancient times with one glance. Their impeccable detail and vast history are something worth exploring. Here are the 9 of the most famous Greek Statues in all of Greece!

What Is the Significance of Ancient Greece?

The archaic period took place approximately 700-480 BC according to experts. This ancient period was also referred to as the dark ages. It was followed by the classical period where ancient artwork began to thrive. This period was filled with brutal wars, triumphant victories, tributes to the Gods, and powerful figures. This is mirrored in the grand sculptures, statues, and monuments of this era.

The Pergamon Altar

The Pergamon Altar Famous Ancient Greek Statues

This first one is one of the most famous ancient Greek sculptures of all time. “The Pergamon Altar” is a massive monument said to be crafted by ancient civilizations around 180-160 BC. It is considered to be one of the best examples of Hellenistic Greek sculpture, as it depicts strong feelings, a wild movement as opposed to other works focused on serenity. Zeus’s colossal Altar constructed with 370-foot marble was originally made for the acropolis overlooking the city of Pergamon which is now considered Turkey. It depicts great relief, displaying the battle between the Giants and the Olympian gods and you can see their detailed figures jumping out of the background. This Ancient Greek monument was deemed the property of the Berlin Museum and was transported and reassembled by Italian experts.

Discus Thrower (Discobolus)

Discus Thrower (Discobolus) Famous Ancient Greek Statues

Second on our list is, “Discus Thrower (Discobolus)” from 425 BC. This work by Myron displays a man in the midst of throwing a disc. It is a beautiful example of how classical greek sculptures capture movement. This lifelike figure is a testament to Myron’s detailed skill level and his ability to capture athleticism. Unfortunately, the actual statue was never found, however many copies remain. The most famous one is located in the National Roman Museum in Rome.

Winged Victory of Samothrace

Winged Victory of Samothrace

Home to the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France the “Winged Victory of Samothrace” is memorable due to the intense emotional reactions from viewers that visit the museum. It is viewed as one of the most sought-after Greek women statues, even in its headless form. It dates back to 200-190 BC.

Venus de Milo

Venus de Milo Famous Ancient Greek Statues

This greek goddess statue is one of the most famous of its kind. Alexandros of Antioch is perceived to be the creator behind “Venus de Milo” and she was determined to be crafted in approximately 130 to 100 BC. It is viewed to be a depiction of the Goddess Aphrodite. She is the ruler of love and beauty. It is famous for its earth-shatteringly beautiful construction and godly significance. The reason for her missing arms is still unknown. Venus belongs to the Louvre Museum currently on permanent display in Paris, France.

The Hermes of Praxiteles

The Hermes of Praxiteles Famous Ancient Greek Statues

“The Hermes of Praxiteles” stands out among the other statues of Hermes that exist in the world. This marble statue is world-renowned and belongs to the museum of Ancient Olympia. The statue was excavated by Germans in 1877. The statue shows Hermes generously holding his large limbs out to the young God Dionysus. It is seen as the epitome of the ideal image of youthful Gods. This statue of the Greek god Hermes dates back to the fourth century BC.

The Peplos Kore

The Peplos Kore

One of our favorite classical Greek sculptures from our list is “The Peplos Kore” created 530 BC. Kore and Kourai were made as minimal figures of people that radiated peace. They were often accompanied by accessories like hats and vases. These sculptures were also used as sacrifices for rituals or positioned over tombstones. These pieces are open for viewing at Acropolis Museum in Athens.

The West Frieze

The West Frieze

The West Frieze, Block VIII is a legacy piece in ancient Greek art. Pictured is a man attempting to control his runaway horse as he is riding. The rider is said to be an Athenian Cavalry commander. It displays a narrative effortlessly and captures movement accurately through its detail and shape. Crafted in early 400 BC, it is now home to the Acropolis Museum in Greece.

Doryphoros (Spear Bearer)

Doryphoros Spear Bearer

The “Doryphoros (Spear Bearer)” was created from 450 to 440 BC. It is a pristine example of Polykleitos’s classic ancient art. Greek artists aimed to perfect the execution of recreating the human figure in stone form. The result of this practice still wows and mesmerizes people today. A Roman version found in Pompei is still intact today. You can witness this sculpture in the National Archaeological Museum.

Moschophoros

Moschophoros

Our final favorite from our classical Greek statues is “Moschophoros” created in 570 BCE. The title translates to the calf-bearer. It was originally found in separate pieces and experts predict it was originally standing over 5 feet tall. It was said to be an offering to the goddess Athena. This is a typical archaic sculpture and features a static pose, nude and happy expression. You can find this famous sculpture in the acclaimed Acropolis Museum in Athens.

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