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History[ edit ] The statue of Zeus was commissioned by the Eleanscustodians of the Olympic Gamesin the latter half of the fifth century BC for their recently constructed Temple of Zeus.
Seeking to outdo their Athenian rivals, the Eleans employed the renowned sculptor Phidiaswho had previously made the massive statue of Athena Parthenos in the Parthenon. No copy in marble or bronze has survived, though there are recognizable but only approximate versions on coins of nearby Elis and on Roman coins and engraved gems.
The statue was crowned with a sculpted wreath of olive sprays, and wore a gilded robe made from glass and carved with animals and lilies. In its right hand was a small chryselephantine statue of crowned Nikegoddess of victory.
Its left hand held a scepter inlaid with many metals, supporting an eagle. The throne featured painted figures and wrought images and was decorated in gold, precious stones, ebony, and ivory.
The passage underneath the throne was restricted by painted screens. The floor in front of the image was paved with black tiles and surrounded by a raised rim of marble, to contain the oil. He spoke, the son of Cronos, and nodded his head with the dark brows, and the immortally anointed hair of the great god swept from his divine head, and all Olympos was shaken.
Immediately, runs the legend, a thunderbolt fell on that part of the floor where down to the present day the bronze jar stood to cover the place.
The sanctuary at Olympia fell into disuse. The circumstances of the statue's eventual destruction are unknown. The 11th-century Byzantine historian Georgios Kedrenos records a tradition that it was carried off to Constantinoplewhere it was destroyed in the great fire of the Palace of Laususin AD.
Alternatively, the statue perished along with the temple, which was severely damaged by fire in AD. Archaeological finds included tools for working gold and ivory, ivory chippings, precious stones and terracotta moulds.
Most of the latter were used to create glass plaques, and to form the statue's robe from sheets of glass, naturalistically draped and folded, then gilded.The Statue of Zeus at Olympia is a meter statue characterized by a giant seated figure.
It was built by a Greek sculptor named Phidias and is currently erected at the Temple of Zeus in Olympia, Greece. ART HISTORY: Ancient Greek Art (Geometric through Hellenistic) (5) • The Archaic age also saw the erection of the first stone temples with peripheral colonnades and the codification of the Doric and Ionic orders.
The fifth century BCE was the golden are of Greece, when Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides wrote their plays, and. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was a giant seated figure, about 13 m (43 ft) tall,  made by the Greek sculptor PhidiasStatue of Zeus at Olympia was a giant seated figure, about 13 m (43 ft) tall,  made by the Greek sculptor Phidias.
Ancient greek statues, exact museum reproductions, handmade in Greece. Naming a few, we may start with the most famous of all, Phidias, the artist who created the gigantic chryselephantine statues of Athena (c.
BCE) and Zeus (c. BCE) which resided, respectively, in the Parthenon of Athens and the Temple of Zeus at Olympia. Ancient Greek statue of Zeus Image: mtb15.com The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was a giant seated figure, about 13 m (43 ft) tall, made by the Greek sculptor Phidias around BC at the sanctuary of Olympia, Greece, and erected in the Temple of Zeus there.