This is due to the materials they have been made of. It was usually made of wool. Costumes Costumes, along with masks and props, helped indicate the social status, gender, and age of a character. Masks were constructed out of lightweight materials such as wood, linen, cork, and sometimes real hair. It is not uncommon to see two girdles of different widths worn together, the one very high up, and the other very low down, so as to form between the two in the tunic a puckered interval; but this fashion was only applied to short tunics by Diana, by the wood nymphs, and by other females fond of the chase, the foot race, and such other martial exercises as were incompatible with long petticoats. The barbitos was a much longer instrument, and emitting a graver sound. In many cases the play was actually named after the Chorus, e.
Everything in a character and the story had to come from the spoken words, and if an actor wasn't skilled enough, the story would not be well told and the play was a failure. A disgrace to their art. Their bodies were padded so that they did not look too slim. There were often competitions during festivals and the playwright with the best play was presented an award. In the days of Solon, people were often to be seen wandering around the streets during the festival of Di-o-ny´sus, god of wine. The biggest source of information is the Pronomos Vase where actors are painted at a show's after party. Later, the plays became more and more elaborate, and the actors tried to represent some of the tales which the story-tellers had told.
Therefore, performance in ancient Greece did not distinguish the masked actor from the theatrical character. Sparta reached the highest point of its fame about the 9th century under the legislature of Lycurgus. An actor, who wears chiton and Thracian boots , is holding a mask. Facial expression was lost anyway due to the huge size of the Greek theatres, but the masks were also a means of blotting out expression, so visual meaning was expressed by the entire body. Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Apulian red-figure bell krater.
Tragic Comic Masks Hadrian's Villa mosaic. Those masks do not represent a specific personality but present a character. When depicting women, actors wore body stockings, with a progastreda and a prosterneda to make their bodies appear feminine. Head-Dresses from the Tanagra Figurines. The Ekkyclema The Ekkyclema A realistic picture of an interior scene under a roof could not be shown. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, California The mask was made of cloth dipped in gypsum and pressed on a matrix so as to obtain the desired form.
Over this tunic or under garment, which was made to reach the whole length of the body down to the feet, Grecian females generally, though not always, wore a second and more external garment, only intended to afford an additional covering or protection to the upper half of the person. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby find themselves in Morocco after drifting the Mediterranean upon a raft and hopping a camel into the city. Orderly hair and although exaggerated for those in the back, somewhat normal expressions would most likely have adorned their faces. The garments of the patron deities of the Greeks, and especially of Dionysus, were particularly splendid. Then it was from Phrygia, Lydia, Caria, and Persia that the embryonic Greek art began to develop.
Tripods, some of marble, and with stationary legs, others of metal, and with detached legs, made to unhook from the basin and to fold up by means of hinges and sliders, were in great request both for religious and for domestic purposes; as well as candelabra and lamps, either supported on a base or suspended from a chain. The plot of comedies usually stretches reality in terms of time and place, jumping incredible geographic distances and rapidly changing scenes. Thus, it is believed that the ears were covered by substantial amounts of hair and not the helmet-mask itself. Above Picture: From the Kylix of Douris. Props In addition to masks, actors also used props to create a character.
For tragic use the costumes were fully as rich and varied as those of modern times. Greek art begins in primeval Greece with the city, the inhabitants and artisans of Mycenae creating the Mycenaean art 16th century B. The actors used to put on ordinary shoes, such us loose fitting boots and laced boots. Nor was the Hercules of the stage represented as the sturdy athletic hero whose huge limbs were only concealed by a lion's hide; he appeared in the same rich and gaudy dress as did the others, to which his distinctive attributes, the club and the bow, were merely adjuncts. The actors used to put on ordinary shoes, such us loose fitting boots and laced boots.
Accessories always make the outfit, whether for a costume or real life. Periaktoi were three-sided prisms—each side painted to represent a different locality—, put on the left and right side of the scene. Wild olive was the recompense in the Olympic, laurel in the Pythiac, parsley in the Nemean, and pine twigs in the Isthmic games. Yet another example of the many facets that are used to complete Charlie Chaplin's visual character. The mouth opening was relatively small, preventing the mouth to be seen during performances.
We could also be sure that his clothing would have been anything but immaculate as he was not a wealthy man and by refusing all who offered to help on his farm, he was working continuously and alone. The formation of Greece may approximately be fixed about the year 2400 B. The actors with comedic roles only wore a thin soled shoe called a. Among the most singular was the rhyton, or drinking horn, terminating in the head of some animal. You can also use a bed sheet if you don't have a large sheet of fabric. The successor of Darius, Xerxes, broke through the Thermopylae and took Athens, but the Greeks destroyed the Persian fleet at Salamis in 480. Use a large sheet of white or tan fabric.