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archaism



The intentional evocation of an older or "antique" style; in Greek art this generally constitutes artists of a later period creating works with stylistic tendencies that characterized the Archaic period. Pollitt 1986, 182 has further distinguished three types of archaism used in ancient Greece:
  • Emblematic Archaism is used to make image recognizable/traditional, as on coins or Panathenaic amphorae
  • Representational Archaism is the revival of archaic forms for the sake of narrative realism, as in the case of the Palladion (cult statue) on centauromachy images
  • Comprehensive Archaism is the mannered adaptation of forms for aesthetic effect

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