Over the centuries, the authors and characters of Ancient Greek literature
have been portrayed in many different ways; here are a few below. If you want to see an artwork in a larger size, just click on the image. To learn more about classical Greek art, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Heilbrun Timeline of Art History
, which offers excellent images, including photos of several urns, and detailed, interesting information; some unclad human figures are included.
Terracotta plaque, ca. 460-450 BC,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
Fletcher Fund, 1930 (30.11.9)
Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
From the description from the Metropolitan Museum website: “Odysseus returning to Penelope….Here [Odysseus] is shown approaching the disconsolate Penelope, as the faithful members of his household—his father, Laertes, his son, Telemachos, and the swineherd Eumaios—look on.”
Sophocles, date and artist unknown, photograph taken by Marie-Lan Nguyen, 2010
Bust of Homer from the Vatican Museum. Original artist unknown; photograph by Marie-Lan Nguyen, 2006.
The Fall of Icarus, a 17th-century relief sculpture.
Antigone and the Body of Polynices