By Fred S. Kleiner

As attention-grabbing as a true stopover at to the world's recognized museums and architectural websites, GARDNER'S paintings in the course of the a long time: A CONCISE international historical past can provide a accomplished, superbly illustrated travel of the world's nice creative traditions--plus all of the examine instruments you want to excel on your paintings historical past direction! effortless to learn and comprehend, this is often the single textbook that features a exact "scale" function (accompanying the book's photos of work and different works of art) to help you greater visualize the particular dimension of the works of art proven within the ebook. You'll additionally locate fabrics to help you grasp the major issues speedy and assist you research in your exams--for instance, "The colossal Picture" overviews on the finish of each bankruptcy, a unique worldwide timeline, and ArtStudy on-line (a unfastened interactive learn consultant that comes with flash playing cards of pictures and quizzes).

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The women wear long robes, with the right shoulder bare. Similar figurines from other sites bear inscriptions with the name of the donor and the god or even specific prayers to the deity on the owner’s behalf. With their heads tilted upward, they wait in the Sumerian “waiting room” for the divinity to appear. Most striking is the disproportionate relationship between the inlaid oversized eyes and the tiny hands. Scholars have explained the exaggeration of the eye size in various ways. Because the purpose of these votive figures was to offer constant prayers to the gods on their donors’ behalf, the open-eyed stares most likely symbolize the eternal wakefulness necessary to fulfi ll their duty.

In the Sumerian city-states of the fourth millennium BCE, activities that once had been individually initiated became institutionalized for the first time. The community, rather than the family, assumed responsibility for defense against enemies and the caprices of nature. Whether ruled by a single person or a council chosen from among the leading families, these 1-11 Ziggurat (northeastern facade with restored stairs), Ur (modern Tell Muqayyar), Iraq, ca. 2100 BCE . The Ur ziggurat, the best preserved in Mesopotamia, is 50 feet high.

During the last years of Ashurbanipal’s reign, the empire began to disintegrate. Under his successors, it collapsed from the simultaneous onslaught of the Medes from the east and the resurgent Babylonians from the south. For almost a century beginning in 612 BCE, Neo-Babylonian kings held sway over the former Assyrian Empire. Ishtar Gate The most renowned Neo-Babylonian king was Nebuchadnezzar II (r. 604–562 BCE), who restored Babylon to its rank as one of the great cities of antiquity. The city’s famous hanging gardens were one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, and, as noted previously, its enormous ziggurat dedicated to Marduk, the chief god of the Babylonians, was immortalized in the Bible as the Tower of Babel.

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