In the early period, Greek sculptors drew from the fundamental formal principles of the Egyptians. Classical Greek art discovered the human body anew. From now on, European art was shaped by considerations of free movement, sensual form, myth and narrative. The incomparable marble statue of Athena executed by the sculptor Myron is an eloquent example. In the Late Greek (Hellenistic) phase, a bold view of reality was achieved. Artistic imagery now caricatured human beings and pointed out their weaknesses.

Fragment of a Female Head

Fragment of a female head, Greece, 100/70 BC

Girl beside a Funerary Stele

Girl beside a Funerary Stele Myrinas, Hellenistic Asia Minor, ca. 130/100 BC

Head of Zeus-Ammon

Head of Zeus-Ammon, Roman Tunisia (?), 150-180
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