C. Paul Jennewein completed “Western Civilization’‘ for the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1933. This work features polychrome sculptures of painted terra-cotta figures depicting Greek deities and mythological figures. According to the artist, the amalgamation of these figures symbolize sacred and profane love: “the two great forces beneath the development of art and civilization in every age.” Some categorize Jennewein’s art style as an “revivalist” approach to ancient Greek sculpture. The stream-lined, decorative geometry also closely resembles the “Art Deco” style of the 1920s and 30s.
This model was generated using 200 photographs.
Description and annotations based on Lynn R. Whitelaw’s book “Legacy of the Ancient World: An Education Guide”