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Tamara Toy

One thing that strikes me about the Hellenistic period of art is the move even further into humanism. The gods that are represented are more human-like, in the case of “Sleeping Eros’, we see a god, in a much more human ideal. Gods aren’t seen as sleeping, much less in a more human form with the pudgy, cuddliness of a child. The human forms we see aren’t as idealized, as they have a much more natural and real appearance. This lends itself to a more individualistic representation. Also, the amount of emotion that is shown and the fact that we see fear and pain is a much more diverse representation of human life from the earlier Classical Greek art.