What is the Severe style?
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How was Severe style different?
In the Severe style, sculptors began to make statues more true to life, and with more feeling in their faces and their movements.
They have emotional expressions. (The same thing happened a little earlier in vase-painting). Instead of all being young men and women, now sculptors carved older people and children too.
The statues are better balanced
See how with this statue of Zeus (or maybe it’s Poseidon) the statue balances on just one foot and the toes of the other foot? Sculptors had gotten a lot better at balancing their statues so they wouldn’t fall over. Also, the Zeus statue is in bronze, which is harder to work but much lighter and more flexible than stone.
The end of the Severe style
This new kind of sculpture didn’t last very long, because after only a short time it developed into an even more lifelike, energetic style: the Classical style.