Cycladic art


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Cycladic art

(sĭklăd`ĭk), Bronze Age art of the CycladesCyclades
, Gr. Kikládhes [Gr.,=circular], island group (1991 pop. 94,005), c.1,000 sq mi (2,590 sq km), SE Greece, a part of the Greek archipelago, in the Aegean Sea stretching SE from Attica.
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, an island group of the central Aegean. Early tomb remains include several types of jugs, pots, and bowls decorated in geometric designs, as well as figural sculptures made of marble. The latter are predominantly female fertility figures of many sizes, restrained in expression and refined in execution. They are frontal and geometric in style. Figures of musicians have also been discovered. In pottery of the 17th cent. B.C., found at Phylakopi in Mílos, considerable Minoan influence is discernible (see Minoan civilizationMinoan civilization
, ancient Cretan culture representing a stage in the development of the Aegean civilization. It was named for the legendary King Minos of Crete by Sir Arthur Evans, the English archaeologist who conducted excavations there in the early 20th cent.
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). Cycladic art was absorbed by the Mycenaeans c.1400 B.C. (see Mycenaean civilizationMycenaean civilization
, an ancient Aegean civilization known from the excavations at Mycenae and other sites. They were first undertaken by Heinrich Schliemann and others after 1876, and they helped to revise the early history of Greece. Divided into Early Helladic (c.
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).

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See studies by C. Dovmas (1981) and P. Getz-Preziosi (1987).

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I like to talk of my work through materials," he says, citing as an example the group of graceful seated and reclining life-size male and female nudes, jointed like store mannequins, which feature in an exhibition currently at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens.
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All around the world, remarkable exhibitions are currently celebrating contemporary works of sculpture that convey a similar sense, by turns playful and earnest, of profundity: Damien Hirst's shark, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991), perhaps his only masterpiece, at Tare Modern; Ron Mueck's hyper-real, deeply existential human figures at the Fondation Cartier in Paris; Anthony Caro's outdoor sculpture exhibition in the grounds of Chatsworth; even a new series of nudes by Ugo Rondinone, created specifically for the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, where they will accompany a permanent collection of figurines dating back to 3000 B.
The Greeks were anything but prudes," said Nicholaos Stampolidis, director of the Museum of Cycladic Art, where the show will run for six months.
The Museum of Cycladic Art has one of the most representative collections from the Cycladic period and is more compact and manageable than the National Museum.
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The wonderful Museum of Cycladic Art, which houses one of the world's great collections of Cycladic sculpture, has embarked on a program of exhibitions by modern and contemporary artists.
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