Week 2 Art History
The Western Canons of Art History and Classicism
The Roman Apollo Belvedere copy discovered in 1489 (originally created by Leochares in 320BC). It has since been idolized and deemed as the model for most, if not all, artworks designated to portray masculinity. Apollo’s immaculate physical build was believed to portray God-like perfection amongst the respected artistic circles in the olden days. With Johann Joachim Winckelmann’s support, stating that greatness can only come from imitation of the ancients.
And hence, established a set of rules to making a canon. Not even sure canons can be made by following said paradigms… Nonetheless, masterpieces have been derived/inspired by Apollo Belvedere.