The ancient Greeks loved art. They made all kinds of works of art. This
included pottery, paintings, sculptures, and murals. The Greeks even
considered their buildings to be works of art. So they made beautifully
designed buildings as well.
Many examples of pottery have survived from ancient Greece. Pottery in
ancient Greece had two functions. People used it to eat or drink from. And
they used it for decorations. Many Greek ceramics have beautiful pictures
painted on them. These pictures often show stories from Greek mythology.
Sculpture was highly prized in ancient Greece. The Greeks made sculptures
from either stone or bronze. Many stone sculptures have survived to today.
But few bronze sculptures have. The Greeks depicted the people in sculptures
exactly as they looked in real life.
As for architecture, many Greek buildings still exist
today. One important feature of these buildings is their
columns. The Greeks made three types of columns:
Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. Doric columns were the
simplest. They had very plain designs. Ionic columns
had flutes, or lines, carved into them from the top to
the bottom. They were also more decorative than Doric
columns. Corinthian columns were the most decorative
ones of all. Their tops—called capitals—often had flowers
or other designs on them. And they also had flutes.