Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rule or principle illustrated in ancient Greek art, in accordance with which, for the sake of symmetry, natural proportions were somewhat sacrificed in certain reliefs, etc., notably in friezes, and the heads of all the figures, whether mounted or on foot, standing or seated, were carved upon nearly the same level. Also isokephaly.

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Examples

  • We have here our first opportunity of observing the principle of isocephaly in Greek relief-sculpture; i.e., the convention whereby the heads of figures in an extended composition are ranged on nearly the same level, no matter whether the figures are seated, standing, mounted on horseback, or placed in any other position.

    A History of Greek Art

  • The principle of isocephaly is observed on the vase as in a frieze of relief-sculpture (page

    A History of Greek Art

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