Ancient Sculpture And Architecture Essay

1222 words - 5 pages

     Ziggurats were used in ancient times for purposes of worship and to fulfill spiritual needs. One example, The Pyramid of the Magician, has a legend attached to it depicting the god Itzamna who had single-handedly built it in one night. The Pyramid of the Magician is, by 100 feet, the tallest architectural structure in the city of Uxmal on the Yucatan peninsula. Interestingly enough, the pyramid has a stairwell that faces the setting sun on summer solstice. Also of note, the whole city is perfectly aligned to mimic how the planets were thought to lie in the solar system at the time.
     At the top of most Ziggurats, there were ...view middle of the document...

This can be paralleled to the Pyramid of the Magician in that that structure was symmetrical to the solar system. Most modern day facilities, however, have symmetrical attributes to their outer appearance.
     Church architecture could be researched in depth, but the purpose here is to express some similarities between the ancient centers of worship and modern day facilities. One such example could be the prevalent grand expanse. Perhaps this attribute is to accommodate for the large amount of worshippers, which does not seem to fluctuate in accordance with history. Regardless of the timeline, there can always be places of worship found to be in existence.
     Like places of worship, another reliable characteristic of various civilizations is artistic expression. No matter what or where one is studying, there are always forms of artistic expression. For example, sculptures can be found dating back to the ancient days of Egypt. One famous sculpture in particular, The Pair Statue of Mycerinus and Queen Kha-merer-nebty II, wasn’t found until the early 1900’s. It was discovered in the temples at Giza by archaeologists from the MFA and Harvard University.
     Although the detail and individuality is considered extraordinary for the times, it can be seen in later sculptures that there were great advances throughout time in reference to sculpting.
     Donatello’s Bronze David sculpture was so awe inspiring that there were even poems produced (attached) regarding its unusual nature. It is obvious to the untrained eye that the sculpture is of much more detail than those of ancient Egypt.
A sword in his right hand, a stone in his left hand,
He is naked. Shod and naked. Hatted and naked.
The ribbons of his leaf-wreathed, bronze-brimmed bonnet
Are tasseled; crisped into the folds of frills,
Trills, graces, they lie in separation
Among the curls that lie in separation
Upon the shoulders.
Lightly, as if accustomed,
Loosely, as if indifferent, The boy holds in grace
The stone moulded; somehow, by the fingers, The sword alien, somehow, to the hand.
The boy David
Said of it: “There is none like that.”
The boy David’s
Body shines in freshness, still unhandled,
And thrusts its belly out a little in exact
Shamelessness. Small, close, complacent,
A labyrinth the gaze retraces,
The rib-case, navel, nipples are the features
Of a face that...

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