The Fates of the Parthenon of Phidias
The Fates is a sculpture belonging to the Greek Parthenon fronton. Its sculptor was Phidias. The fronton of the Parthenon sculptures are accommodated to the triangular space. They are conceptually in relief, but were made round-bodied. In this work, the classical features of the sculpture of Phidias appear well defined, like compounds gestures, serene expression, wet cloths, elegance, great composition... The work is done in marble between 447 and 432 before Christ.
Represents the deities of birth and death. The goddess Aphrodite is shown lying. The one that host her is Artemis, her former enemy until the iconography of Phidias reconciles them. They are dressed as female figures, with some very fine clothes that perfectly fit their body and reveal the internal anatomy of his characters. This technique shows a high degree of perfection in the form of work of Phidias. It is known as the tecnic of the wet cloths, and subsequently will be imitated.
Phidias belongs to the second period of Greek sculpture: the classical period. It was the most important sculptor. He was educated in a Ionian city. Its activity is mainly concentrated around the Athenian Acropolis. He provides to the technical perfection an idealized spiritual life.
About the Greek sculpture, the human figure is the main topic. The animals and plants are in function of the human representation. It is idealized. In the V century, in the classical period, the highest perfection is reached.
In conclusion, the Fates of Phidias, in my opinion, is one of the most awesome sculptures I've ever seen. That fact that this Greek sculptor makes the reality so visible with his technique of wet clothes, make this one of the best sculptures ever.
This sculpture, like many fragments of the Parthenon, are now in the British Museum in London, England.