The mythology of Greece and Rome. : With special reference by Otto Seemann

By Otto Seemann

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The object of Phidias was to represent him to mankind, not only as the omnipotent ruler of Olympus, far superior to all gods and men, both in power and wisdom, but also as the gracious father of Pig. 5. all, and the kindly dispenser of Coins of Elis with Phidias's Zeus. all good gifts. ) which rose straight from the brow, and then fell in equal divison either side, imparted to the face a lion-like expression of conThis was rendered still more effective by the high scious power. At the same tune, the expresforehead and strongly formed nose.

In the same museum there is a singularly beautiful head of Hera, which perhaps lays claim to reflect the conception of Polycletus. We give an engraving of this also (Fig. 7). The characteristic features of Juno are a somewhat prominent chin, expressing unbending determination of will, somewhat curling lips, well-defined nostrils, large full eyes, and a high and noble fore- * Polycletus, a native of Sicyon, He was was a sculptor, architect, and cast- a contemporary of Phidias, and, next to him, the most celebrated artist of antiquity.

This remark leads us to contemplate the different statues of the Apollo constantly bears a very youthful appearance, and is god. always beardless. His figure is strong and handsome, his head covered with fair clustering locks, and his face expressive of majesty, Such is the original and but marked withal by a cheerful serenity. fundamental type, which was usually followed in the representation It was principally developed by Scopas and Praxiteles, of the god. who belonged to the later Attic school, which nourished from the end of the Peloponnesian war to the reign of Alexander the Great.

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