From Seeing The Statue In Person I Was Able To Look At It From The Side, Unlike The Computer Image. Approaches To Western Art Museum Paper

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MasterpuppetApproaches to Western ArtMuseum PaperFrom browsing the web site alone, I saw exactly what I thought that I would after seeing the statue in illustrations in the book when we reviewed it in class. I had no assumptions as to what I would experience at the museum when I got there since I had already been there about one month ago. I knew that the building would be enormous and that there would be many different people there, ranging from other students to many foreigners. It was apparent that the location of the statue I had selected would be in the Greek and Roman Art area, which is near the entrance. I also knew that I would be able to study the statue from as close as I wanted, since they are all standing in the open throughout the rooms of the museum.When I browsed the web site in search of an art piece, my attention was immediately drawn to the Greek and Roman Art icon, since it is the most interesting to me and I feel that most of my art knowledge is in that area. As I entered the page on the web site of Greek and Roman Art, I browsed through and noticed the picture of the marble statue of the kouros (a youth). I chose this statue because it interests me in the way that it resembles Egyptian Art a little more than Greek and Roman Art. I feel this way because when I imagine Greek and Roman sculpture I see very intense and proportional details, that give a feeling of life, almost to the point where a person was put on pause and turned into stone. While with Egyptian art I imagine less detailed sculpture with straight arms at they're side and very stiff looking, showing no life.As I looked at the digitized reproduction of the kouros, I had drawn an assumption to what I would see or expect when I viewed it in person. I thought that it would be smooth, detailed, and gray in color, and not so large. All of this was different when I arrived at the museum and saw it in person.Being that this was my third visit, I found myself looking more closely at the architecture of the building. The large open space where many of the life-size statues of this origin were on display resembled the interior of a Greek or Roman Temple. There were large columns bordering either side of every entrance of this room. Complimenting that were the marble floors and walls of the entire place, but there was something even more impressive. The ceiling of this room immediately reminded me of the ceiling in The Pantheon. It was a large dome covering the entire space with an oculus in the center, where light was coming through.Adjacent to the large room that resembled The Pantheon, was the room that housed the kouros. As I entered it I was disappointed that it did not have the same architectural detail as I expected. It was basically a square and boring room containing many interesting art pieces, mostly pottery and only about five sculptures. The only detail resembling Greek and Roman architecture were the marble floors, but they probably weren't used for that...

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