In many respects, the city of Athens was the center of this artistic revolution. And it is in Athens that we still see powerful reminders of the genius of ancient Greek artists. Here, on what is referred to as the Acropolis, we find what is perhaps the most recognizable work of Classical Greek architecture - the Parthenon. The Parthenon was a temple dedicated to the patron goddess of Athens, Athena. This temple stands, along with other Classical works, as a monument to the vitality and timelessness of ancient Greek art.
Erechtheion | This important building (which is known as the Erechtheion or the Erechtheum) on the Athenian Acropolis features a stunning Caryatid porch.
Parthenon | The Parthenon is a majestic and influential work of architecture - learn why it is one of the legendary icons of Western art.
Parthenon Sculptures | Explore the significance and meaning of the sculptures on the Parthenon, including reliefs on the frieze and pediments.
Zeus or Poseidon | This magnificent early Classical bronze statue represents a male Olympian Greek god - either Zeus or Poseidon.
Classical Vase Painting
Muse on Mount Helicon | This vase painting by the Achilles Painter features a delicate rendering of one of the goddesses who were known as the Muses.
Art and Experience in Classical Greece
Professor J.J. Pollitt puts the Classical period in perspective, using dynamic descriptions of some of the most memorable works from this time of artistic brilliance. Important examples of vase painting, sculpture, and architecture are featured.
This beautifully illustrated book (from the Phaidon Art and Ideas series and written by Nigel Spivey) covers the subject of ancient Greek art brilliantly.