Gardner's Art Through the Ages: A Concise Global History by Fred S. Kleiner

By Fred S. Kleiner

As attention-grabbing as a true stopover at to the world's well-known museums and architectural websites, GARDNER'S paintings throughout the a while: A CONCISE worldwide heritage can provide a entire, superbly illustrated travel of the world's nice inventive traditions--plus all of the research instruments you want to excel on your paintings historical past path! effortless to learn and comprehend, this is often the single textbook that features a special "scale" function (accompanying the book's pictures of work and different works of art) to help you greater visualize the particular measurement of the works of art proven within the publication. You'll additionally locate fabrics to help you grasp the most important issues speedy and assist you examine in your exams--for instance, "The gigantic Picture" overviews on the finish of each bankruptcy, a unique international timeline, and ArtStudy on-line (a unfastened interactive research consultant that incorporates flash playing cards of pictures and quizzes).

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Gypsum inlaid with shell and black limestone, male figure 2Ј 6Љ high. Iraq Museum, Baghdad. The oversized eyes probably symbolized the perpetual wakefulness of these substitute worshipers offering prayers to the deity. The figures hold beakers containing libations to pour in honor of the gods. The lowest band on the Warka Vase shows ewes and rams—in strict profi le, as in the Old Stone Age—above crops and a wavy line representing water. The animals and plants underscore that Inanna has blessed Uruk’s inhabitants with good crops and increased herds.

MAP 1-2 The ancient Near East. ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN ART The fundamental change in human society from the dangerous and uncertain life of the hunter and gatherer to the more predictable and stable life of the farmer and herder first occurred in Mesopotamia. Mesopotamia—a Greek word that means “the land between the [Tigris and Euphrates] rivers”—is at the core of the region often called the Fertile Crescent, a land mass that forms a huge arc from the mountainous border between Turkey and Syria through Iraq to Iran’s Zagros Mountain range (MAP 1-2).

Three ramplike stairways of a hundred steps each converge on a tower-flanked gateway. From there another fl ight of steps probably led to the temple proper, which does not survive. The loftiness of the great ziggurats of Mesopotamia made a profound impression on the peoples of the ancient Near East. The tallest ziggurat of all—at Babylon—was about 270 feet high. Known to the Hebrews as the Tower of Babel, it became the centerpiece of a biblical tale about insolent pride. Humankind’s desire to build a tower to Heaven angered God.

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