Ancient greek sculpture is the sculpture of ancient greecemodern scholarship identifies three major stages in monumental sculptureat all periods there were great numbers of greek terracotta figurines and small sculptures in metal and other materials the greeks decided very early on that the human form was the most important subject for artistic endeavour. Greek artists rapidly assimilated foreign styles and motifs into new portrayals of their own myths and customs thereby forging the foundations of archaic and classical greek art the greek world of the seventh and sixth centuries bc consisted of numerous autonomous city states or poleis separated one from the other by mountains and the sea. Archaic period archaic period in history and archaeology the earliest phases of a culture the term is most frequently used by art historians to denote the period of artistic development in greece from about 650 to 480 bc the date of the persian sack of athens during the archaic period greek art became less. Description and significance the kouros statues dominate the archaic period of greek art all of the kouros male and kore female statues represent state sponsored subjects or are designed as decorations of religious buildings or as immortal reminders of the virtues of a deceased
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