Greco-Roman or Medieval?

Sára Pekárdi, 6/b, compared Greco-Roman and Medieval Art.


  1. Comparison: Greco-Roman & Medieval art

The first thing I always notice on a medieval art composition is the unnatural way of depiction. Though in a Greco-Roman Art composition all things are natural, colours, movements, facial expressions, things are realistic. I prefer the Greco-Roman style because it is realistic, while the Medieval is too serious for me.


The Parthenon is a great temple in Athens, where the sculpture of Athena was kept (made of gold and ivory).


Greco-Roman and  Medieval art






from about the 2nd century BC to the

fall of the Roman Empire in 476


more than 1000 years (until 1500 AC)


features of depiction




art and architecture

temple, Colosseum, agora (doric,

ionic, corinthian), sculptures made of marble and stone


illuminated manuscripts, use of

jewellery, altars, Byzantine icons,

mosaics, sculptures made of wood


also famous for…

Alexander the Great, gods and  its temples

codices, strict rules for people


what they learn

philosophy, rhetoric, mathematics

music (septem artes liberales – 7 free arts)


an average/poor person got hardly any education


they believe in…

several gods

one God




would you live in that age

if I were a rich male, yes

if I were a famous artist


  1.  How to make a mosaic?

They made it from broken tiles, little pieces made of stone. First, they broke the materials, drew a pattern, collected little pieces and glued them to make the picture. A 6th-century mosaic in San Apollinaire Nuovo, Ravenna portrays Jesus long-haired and bearded, dressed as a Byzantine emperor.


  1.  Personal experiences

When I was in Italy 3 years ago we visited Ravenna. I can remember all the buildings and the mosaic patterns I saw there (famous pieces), they were spectacular. I enjoyed it very much.