Comparisonof Two Works of Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Artis used to depict various forms of human activity and human form.Most artists sculpted human nature and form from marble or stone. Thecarvings represented different people and perceptions, usuallyrepresenting mythology. The discussion shall focus on the marblestatue of an old woman and marble statue of Aphrodite. The statuesare found in the Metropolitan museum of art. The discussion shallcompare and contrast different aspects of the two carvings and theirsignificance to the society in which they were created.
TheMarble statue of an old woman was made out of marble and pentelic.The statue is classified as a stone sculpture and it depicted an oldwoman with tattered clothes and no arms. The statue stood at 125. 98cm in height and it was created in 14- 68 AD. The sculpturerepresented Roman culture and it was created by Julio-Claudian. TheMarble Statue of Aphrodite represented a Greek goddess known asAphrodite. The statue is famous for its beauty as it depicts a nakedwoman who has covered her womanhood in order to draw attention to herbeauty. The statue stood at 158.8 cm in height and it is made ofmarble. The sculpture dates first or second century AD. It is alsoclassified as a stone sculpture and was created by Praxiteles.
Themarble statue of an old woman depicts an old woman who seems to havebeen living in poverty. The old woman had no hands and her clotheswere tattered and ill- fitting. One side of her gown fell and exposedher breast, indicating that she could not afford proper clothing. Theold lady carried a basket of fruits and chicken, which may have beenher only possessions as the items were not delicately wrapped. On herfeet were delicate sandals, which seemed old. She also wore a headscarf, something that was associated with old women in ancient Rome.
Themarble statue of Aphrodite depicts a middle- aged woman of stunningbeauty. The sculpture is of Greek goddess named Aphrodite was nakedand the piece at the museum has no arms and the nose has been slicedoff. The statue depicted Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love takinga bath, probably at a river. The original art work had her left armcovering her vulva, indicating a desire to attract people to herbeauty and not her sexuality. The goddess had a smooth skin andstriking beauty, which further highlight her beauty. The sculpturewas a thick woman, which represented the Greek belief in the beautyof a well- endowed woman.
Themarble statue of an old woman was created during the Hellenisticperiod, which represented Greek prosperity in different fields suchas art, literature and philosophy. The period was marked withprosperity and the issues of the old and the poor seemed to have beenforgotten by the society. The statue represented the struggle of theaged who were often affected by poverty as the society neglectedthem. The sculpture also represented the resilience of old women, whofaced many challenges, but were determined to carry on with life.This was why the lady was carrying a basket and she seemed to havebeen determined to reach her destination despite obvious fatigueexpressed on her face and her body structure. The sculpture showsthat the society had respect for the old, although they wereneglected. It also shows that ancient Greek women were hardworkingand determined.
Themarble statue of Aphrodite was also created during the Hellenisticperiod, which was marked by prosperity. The prosperity was attributedto different gods and among them was the god of love. The sculpturerepresented the beauty and purity of love and its position in theprosperity of society. The goddess depicted the nakedness of love andthe inability to mask love. The sculpture also represented the beliefin the beauty of the female body. The sculpture indicates that thesociety believed in mythology and attributed different things todifferent gods. The sculpture also shows that the society believed inthe beauty of a thick woman and that love was a strong emotion thatcould not be hidden or masked. It also shows that the societybelieved in pure and natural beauty.
Thetwo sculptures are made of marble and they are in the form of women.The sculptures are also associated to Greek mythology and they showforms of human nature at the same time. The sculptures also representthe ability of human beings to create a reality by using art as arepresentation of different aspects of society. Art is used torepresent what human beings believe in and the two sculptures showhow these beliefs are powerful factors of society. The sculpturesalso represent emotions. The marble of an old woman represents theemotion of pain and suffering while the marble of Aphroditerepresents happiness and love. The tow sculptures also use women toshow that the society believed in women and respected women in thesociety. The society believed that the strongest emotions could bestbe described using women.
However,the two sculptures also differ in different ways. The marble of anold woman represented suffering and struggle while the marble ofAphrodite represented prosperity and happiness. The old woman stoodfor age and the effects of nature on the human body while the marbleof Aphrodite represented youth and the beauty of youth. The old womanwas a representation of reality while the marble of Aphroditerepresented mythology. The old woman was dressed, but the Aphroditewas naked. Although the old woman’s breast was exposed, it wasexposed due to lack of proper clothing while the Aphrodite’s bodywas exposed so as to show the nakedness of pure love.
Theold woman’s back was slightly bent to show that she had sufferedover years of hard work and suffering while the Aphrodite’s body iswell structured to show prosperity and success. The old woman’sface was creased and expressed suffering and determination while theAphrodite’s face was smooth and expressed joy and pure happiness.The clothing of the old woman was loosely fitting and this showedthat she had lived in poverty for many years. Conversely, Aphrodite’sbeautiful naked body showed years of prosperity and pleasure.
Inconclusion, the sculptures of the marble statue of an old woman andmarble statue of Aphrodite represent different aspects of ancientGreek society. The two sculptures are in the form of women and theyrepresent suffering and happiness respectively. The sculptures areattractive as they represent specific times in history and they havehistorical significance. The sculptures capture one’s attention dueto the beauty of the material used and the detail of the sculptures.The old woman represents the suffering of old people in ancient Greekat the time of prosperity while the Aphrodite represented thenakedness and purity of love.