Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Epimenes: Scaraboid with Archer Testing an Arrow, ca. 500 b.c.
    Greek
    Chalcedony

    3/4 in. (1.7 cm)
    Fletcher Fund, 1931 (31.11.5)

    At the end of the sixth century B.C., Greek artists in all media were representing the human body in motion. In sculpture, the mastery of bronze casting allowed the creation of active figures on a larger scale than had been possible in stone. In vase painting, the invention of the red-figure technique allowed painters to draw their decorations freely on the surface of a pot. And on a hard stone less than an inch high, a gem engraver captured the lithe pose, rippling muscles, and beautifully arranged hair of a youth gauging the straightness of his arrow.

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    Epimenes: Scaraboid with Archer Testing an Arrow, ca. 500 b.c.
    Greek
    Chalcedony

    3/4 in. (1.7 cm)
    Fletcher Fund, 1931 (31.11.5)


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