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The Archaic smile was used by Greek Archaic sculptors, especially in the second quarter of the 6th century BCE, possibly to suggest that their subject was alive, and infused with a sense of well-being. To viewers habituated to realism, the smile is flat and quite unnatural looking, although it could be seen as a movement towards naturalism. One of the most famous examples of the Archaic Smile is the Kroisos Kouros.
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An Unabridged Reprint of the 1901-2 Edition by Russell Sturgis, Francis A. Davis
The Oxford Dictionary of Art (2004)
by Ian Chilvers
Archaic smile. Conventional smiling expression, often seen in Greek statues of the *Archaic period, especially during the second quarter of the 6th century bc. A smile was suggested by drawing the mouth upwards in a clear, flat curve.
by Frank Northen Magill
The Archaic Smile of Herodotus. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1987. An analysis of literary motifs in The History, showing the tightness of its structure and the larger purposes Herodotus had in mind, beyond chronicling the Persian ...
by Webster's New World Dictionary, Editors Of Webster's II Dictionaries
Latin from the beginning of the sixth to the beginning of the first century BC archaic smile m. A representation of the human mouth with slightly upturned corners, featured in early Greek sculpture produced before the 5th century bc. ar- cha-ism ...
Eleventh Edition by Merriam-Webster
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