Western Sculpture Timeline

Ages of Western Art
3000-2000 BC 2000-1000 BC 1000 BC-0 0-1000 1000-present
1 2 3 4 7
5 6 8
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Aegean
ca. 3000-1200 BC
Greek
ca. 1200 BC-0
Roman
ca. 0-500
Medieval
ca. 500-1500
Renaissance
ca. 1400-1600
Baroque
ca. 1600-1800
Neoclassical/Romantic
ca. 1750-1900
Modern
ca. 1850-
Summary of Western Sculpture
Cycladic (ca. 3000-2000 BC)
• small: Cycladic idols
Minoan (ca. 2000-1400 BC)
• small: figurines, vessels, seals, goldwork
Mycenaean (ca. 1400-1200 BC)
• small: continuation of Minoan forms, phi/psi/tau figurines
• large: Lion Gate
Archaic (ca. 800-500 BC)
• kouroi/korai
Classical (ca. 500-330 BC)
• architectural: Phidias
• statues: Myron, Polyclitus, Praxiteles
Hellenistic (ca. 330 BC-0)
• Laocoön and his Sons
• Winged Victory
Pax Romana (ca. 0-200)
• Augustus of Prima Porta
• Equestrian Marcus Aurelius
Late Empire (ca. 200-500)
• Colossus of Constantine
Early Christian (ca. 200-500)
• sculpted sarcophagi
Byzantine (ca. 500-1500)
• Byzantine style ivories
Dark Age (ca. 500-1000)
• barbarian styles metalwork
• Carolingian: ivories, Aachen doors
• Ottonian: ivories, Bernward doors and column, Gero Crucifix
Later Medieval (ca. 1000-1500)
• Romanesque/Gothic: architectural sculpture
Renaissance (ca. 1400-1600)
• Early: Ghiberti, Donatello
• High: Michelangelo
• Late: Giambologna
Baroque (ca. 1600-1800)
• Early/High: Bernini
• Late: Versailles statues
• Rococo: figurines
Neoclassical/Romantic (ca. 1750-1900)
• Neoclassical: Canova, Thorvaldsen
• Romantic (human world): Rude
• Romantic (natural world): Barye
Early Modern (ca. 1850-1900)
• Rodin
Late Modern (ca. 1900-60)
• heavy distortion/abstraction (Brancusi > Moore)
• new forms: assemblage (Picasso/Braque), mobile (Calder)
Postmodern (ca. 1960-present)
• Oldenburg (pop sculpture)