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Human Form in Art

(3,499 words)

Author(s): Schroer, Silvia | Andreae, Bernard | Koch, Guntram | Apostolos-Cappadona, Diane
[German Version] I. Ancient Near Eastern Art – II. Greco-Roman Art – III. Christian Art I. Ancient Near Eastern Art The earliest datable representations of animals in ancient Near Eastern art stem from the Mesolithic Period, and the oldest representations of the human form from the Neolithic Period (reworked male skulls or imitations of the same, cf. Kenyon; stylized or three-dimensional figurines of sitting, corpulent women). Anthropomorphic ¶ (Anthropomorphism) deities are usually distinguished from humans through attributes (for the exception of the “naked…


(2,521 words)

Author(s): Andreae, Bernard
[English version] (S.), derived from Latin spelunca, 'cave', is the modern name of a town on the Tyrrhenian coast, halfway between Rome and Naples. In Antiquity, this was probably the site of the Laconian colony of Amyclae. However, the location is better known for the fact that, 1.5 km south of the limestone outcrop on which the Greek settlement stood, a Roman villa on the beach incorporated into its territory the widely-visible grotto, which opens in the slope of the limestone escarpment of Monte Ci…


(2,222 words)

Author(s): Andreae, Bernard
[English version] Sperlonga, abgeleitet von lat. spelunca, “Grotte”, ist der neuzeitliche Name eines Ortes an der Tyrrhenischen Küste auf halbem Weg zw. Rom und Neapel. Im Alt. lag hier wahrscheinlich die lakonische Kolonie Amyklai. Bekannt ist der Ort aber deshalb, weil 1,5 km südl. des Kalksporns, auf dem sich die griech. Siedlung erhob, eine röm. Villa am Strand in ihren Bereich die weithin sichtbare Grotte einbezogen hatte, die sich am Hang des hier ins Meer abstürzenden Kalkfelsens Monte Ciannito fast in der Form einer Viertelskugel mit einem Durchmesser von etwa 21 m öffnet. Dies…