Hellenistic Art Meaning

What is Hellenistic Art:

Hellenistic art is one that was influenced by Greek or Hellenic art. It emerged between the end of the 4th century BC. C., after the conquest of Great Alexander on Greece, and the second century a. C., when the Roman Empire is imposed.

It corresponds to the third period of the classification of the art of classical antiquity. These are:

  • Archaic period (8th to 5th centuries BC);
  • classical period (5th to 4th century BC);
  • Hellenistic period (4th to 2nd centuries BC).

Laocoon and his sons. Authors: Agesandro, Polidoro and Atenodoro, school of Rodas.
2nd century BC C. 2.42 meters high. Marble copy from the original piece, in bronze.

Characteristics of Hellenistic art

Hellenistic art was a fundamentally eclectic art, since in it both the aesthetic elements of Hellenic art and the culture of the different dominators (Asian and Western) were mixed.

This was a consequence of the imperial vocation of Alexander the Great and his followers, as well as the Romans. All of them were also admirers of Hellenic culture.

Consequently, in this style can be seen at the same time intimate, solemn, common, colossal and small features.

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