The Metamorphoses of Geometry in the Painting and Sculpture of Greece

  • Jürgen Weber


The little, 20-centimetre-high, bronze figure of Apollo from Thebes, now in Boston, resembles the geometric type of human figure depicted on the shoulder zone of the amphora from Dipylon, 155 cm (402). He is clearly constructed of individual geometric or (392) geometry-like bodies: the — in cross-section — ellipsoid, cone-shaped upper body, which collides horizontally with the cylindrical legs which, seen from the front, bring pelvis and legs together to make one form46. From the back the cylindrical thigh-shapes are divided into almost circular buttocks and thighs. These geometric forms are slightly distorted by the basic processes. The thighs have a slight main curvature at the bottom and a strong main curvature at the top, towards the edges of the hips and pelvis. The upper arms are similarly curved. On the other hand, the geometric structure is maintained up to the head.


Geometric Form Female Figure Triangular Face Geometric Type Vertical Parallel Line 
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© Springer-Verlag Wien 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jürgen Weber
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  1. 1.Institut für Elementares FormenTU BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany

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