Metopes


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Metopes

 

the rectangular, usually almost square panels between the triglyphs in a Doric frieze. Metopes were sometimes decorated with high reliefs or, less frequently, with paintings. In the period preceding the development of stone architecture in ancient Greece, the spaces between the beam sockets that were visible on the building’s facade were called metopes.

WORKS

Kähler, H. Das griechische Metopenbild. Munich, 1949.
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Only a few fragments remain of its metopes, but its magnificent carvings are found in the museum.
analyzes the Archaic metopes of Selinus, presenting a new interpretation of the use of figural decoration in Greek temples of the Archaic period.
I especially like the acroteria and the damaged metopes.
Dans le jeu qui s'instaure entre l'ecrivain et l'oeuvre plastique, un rapport allegorique s'etablit: "Je suis passe aux platres des metopes du Parthenon; ces platres avaient pour moi un triple interet: j'avais vu a Athenes les vides laisses par les ravages de lord Elgin, et, a Londres, les marbres enleves dont je retrouvais les moulures a Vienne.
64) Today, the British Museum houses fifty-six of the surviving panels, as well as original metopes, pedimental figures, and sculptures, collectively known as the Elgin Marbles, from the Parthenon and the surrounding buildings.
They include, for example, all the sculpted metopes of the temple being concentrated on the front or just around the comers over the two most easterly intercolumniations of each side.
The two pediments and twelve metopes adorning the Temple of Zeus at Olympia of ca.
the metopes / Start into ambient air, and breathe with life"
For example, the various parts of a classical cornice, all the clutter of dentils, triglyphs, metopes, guttae, architraves and other obscure objects, are merely the vestiges of the ends of roof rafters, the beams on which they rested, pegs to hold them in place, and so on.
Built of Portland stone and Cornish granite, the octagonal building is built in strict Doric style, decorated with flat, plain pilasters at the edges of the four wider sides as well as two round Doric pillars at the front of the entrance portico, and a Doric frieze of triglyphs - three-grooved tablets - and blank metopes, or spaces, between them under the cornice of the main building and its three aedicules.
Doric column: a channeled column without a base, having as a capital a circular echinus supporting a square abacus, above which comes a plain architrave, a frieze of triglyphs and metopes, and a cornice the corona of which has mutules on its soffit.