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Greek sculpture is very old, most of it more than 2000 years. There have been lots of incidents which have damaged artwork. MInor accidents may be sufficient to damage protruding parts of a marble sculpture, as arms, legs, head, ears, nose, penis etc. Note that most Greek sculpture was bronze. Most antique marble sculpture is Roman or Roman copies of Greek bronze originals.
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ideal, or perfect,figures.
Because they are the weakest parts of the statue. Consider that most statues are about 2000 years old. Many of them were found buried under modern civilian buildings, roads, e…tc. Statues were also prone to fall off their base in earthquakes (which happen in Greece a lot!) Also, some of them (usually the headless ones) were deliberately vandalised by various opponents of the Greek culture over the years.
because the greek saw stuff like that much different than we do now. they saw the simplicity in nature there for no clothes!
Bronze or marble. Ideal, or perfect figures
Romans created more realistic portraits. Greek sculptures idealized the humane form, using athletes as models of perfection.
The most famous armless sculpture is the so-called Venus de Milo. It is thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch and was created at some time between 130 and 100 BC.
Greek sculptures are realistic in form, that means: They always look like whatever the sculpture is supposed to portrait (ex.: if it's an sculpture of a human figure, it looks… like a human figure, etc...) Now, a more accurate description of Greek Sculptures would be that they are "Idealistic. Greek sculptures always portrayed men and women in a very idealist way. All men were very fit, with bulging muscles and very strong. All women were extremely beautiful and graceful.
The oldest Greek sculptures known were made by anonymous artists.
Greek Sculptures of the Classical period Developed a better portrayal of human anatomy Poses became more naturalistic Displayed young, athletic, beautiful hum…an forms Experimented with movement Both men and women were often portrayed nude Greek Gods and Goddesses and scenes from myths were often portrayed Images were idealized (no scars, perfect figures etc.) Greek sculpture of the Hellenistic period Developed Sculpture in the Round, where statues could be looked at from all angles and sides, giving the viewer several complementary perspectives Developed the study of draping and effects of transparency of clothing Developed greater suppleness of poses Developed the portrayal of emotions, particularly painful expressions and movements Emphasised anatomical features further, developing anatomic hyper-realism. Followed the ruler worship developments of the Hellenistic period, producing idealised statues of Hellenistic king for propaganda Developed portraiture (busts) tinged with naturalism under the influence of Roman sculpture. Roman sculpture of the Republican period was mainly portraiture sculpture (busts) which displayed realistic images (broken noses, scars, wrinkles) and emphasised age, which was seen as a mark of wisdom and fitness for leadership. Roman plebeian sculpture of the Republican period consisted mainly of reliefs portraying people engaged in their trades. This was uncommon in Greek sculpture. Roman sculpture of the period of rule by emperors used full bodied statues and was modelled on the Hellenistic sculpture. Like Hellenistic sculpture, it was idealised and was used as propaganda to glorify the ruler, who were portrayed as youthful. Strength and vigour now became the idealised quality of the ruler, rather than age. Many Hellenistic sculptures were copied by Roman sculpture. There was an increase in the number of statues of scenes of myths. The Romans valued athletics and sports much less than the Greeks. Therefore, while the Greeks made sculptures of athletes, in Rome these were not common. Both Used manly marble or bronze. Occasionally gold statues were made. Coloured their sculptures with mineral-based paints with organic binding media that disintegrated over time.
some of the famous sculpture of Greek are namely "The Discobolos by the sculptor Myron, Laocoon and his sons, of Niobe and her daughter, of the 'Nike of Samothrace" are some o…f the famous sculpture of greek
Egyptian statues are older and resides mostly in countries whose warm and rugged climate has not been kind to conquering soldiers, therefore they have been left alone almo…st by default. A key to the answer is the stone materials they are made of, granite is harder than marble, hence a bigger chance of it to stand time and weathering etc.. And mostly buried in the sand or in temples, the Egyptian and other granite/hardstoned artworks also have been safer than the greek artworks. The greek marble statues and artwork has been both weathered down and crushed by peoples overtaking the countries and thrown away their art. If only all artwork would have been seen for its true glory, the world would be a more peaceful place. Nowadays there is stone carving courses online, so if you like stone-cutting and art you can make some of your own "sustainable stone-art". :-D Hopefully this answers at least some of your questions, but as they say: "All answers produces new questions to answer...:)" /R.
Because the paint that used to cover the statues has since weathered off.
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Romans created more realistic sculptures, and portraits. Greek sculptures idealized the humans form, using athletes as models of preform.
From copying Egyptian sculpture, it developed rapidly to its own distinctive purity of form. Unlike the marble artefacts we now have, the Greeks lived in a riot of colour,… and these statues original were painted in gaudy colours which a over a couple of thousand years has fallen off.