Looking at Art 111
Instructor A. Brown
Head of a Bearded Man
The sculpture of The Head of a Bearded Man at the Art Institute of Chicago is a Greek sculpture that dates back to the 5th century B.C. The shape of the sculpture is relative similar to the head of a real human. The sculpture is made of limestone and it is 11 1/2 x 8 x 10 1/4 in. in diameter. The Head of the Bearded Man has a round hat over his head, it contains every basic anatomical structures of a human face, and a long bear as the most prevalent aspects of the sculpture. The sculpture comes from a culture called Cypriots. The Cypriots began to produce large statues in clay and stone from the 7th century BC. Because of the lack of marble, they used the local soft limestone that abounds in the southern part of the island. I decided to make my paper on this sculpture because I find it very interesting how accurate the symmetry and the anatomical features of the sculpture are giving the fact that it was made such a long time ago.
Cypriot sculptors adopted stylistic trends from Greek art, creating works that display attention to anatomical detail and refinement in expression as well as visual movement to clothing. The sculpture of this bearded man has a very detailed hat that is divided in sections by a set of three low relief double lines, one of the double lines goes across the hat while the other two form an upside down V shape in front of the hat. The sections of the hat are carved with repeated lines of small circles of about 1 cm in diameter. Coming out front the front of the hat you can see two lines of curls across the forehead one on top of the other that could represent hair. The top line of curls is bigger than the bottom one. The curls are visibly damaged in the middle, right above the eyes. Coming out from the back of the heat you can see a round bulk that might represent hair but rather than looking like hair it looks more like snake skin.
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