ευχαριστώ <—— Thank you in Greek.
I only got five sketches done this week in my “Grammar of Ornament” project, but the gang’s all here, bringing the total complete so far to 26 out of 100.
This week’s collection originated from Greece, which Owen Jones says was a culture with great taste, prolific and rich in the arts, but tending to produce work that was neither constructive (as in structural) nor symbolic. They produced a ton of work, and clearly they dug their own aesthetic, as did other cultures like the Etruscans.
What the heck is an Etruscan? Thanks for asking! Etruscan refers to the region in Italy called Etruria, roughly equivalent to present-day Tuscany. They just loved Greek pottery evidently, and a huge collection of Greek vases was found in lavish Etruscan tombs in the 16th century. For hundreds of years, historians assumed these vases were the work of the local bucchero potters, but they turned out to be mostly a Greek import, giving the Etruscans massive but misattributed street cred for centuries. Still love you, Etruria, but folks gotta know.
Okay, so the first ornament I jacked up, ahem... rEdeSigNed is from the termination of the marble tiles at the Parthenon. Slide.
The next is from the (I quote) “upper part of a stele”. Thanks Owen, my man. Stele is Greek for “pillar”. Evidently there is so much Greek artifact left behind that someone finds a decorative pillar, and they’re like, “Found another one. It’s a pillar. Call it a stele, though, sounds cooler.” Slide.
Now, a sweet set of curves from the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates. Slide.
Next is a couple of examples from those Etruscan vases I was telling you about. These Etruscan vases brought to you by Greece. Slide.
Uh, and that’s it. Class dismissed. I hope you enjoyed this artistic stopover in Greece, and I do mean this sincerely: have a wonderful week! (Ooh... that almost rhymed!)