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The main thorough, cogent, and lavishly illustrated survey of paintings within the Western culture, Janson's heritage of artwork has now been thoroughly redesigned and up to date to make it the last word visually and intellectually interesting source for this day. Timelines; thesaurus; bibliography; index. 1,266 illustrations, greater than 775 in complete colour.

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40, 41). Its heavy walls, articulated gular spiral. This "bent-axis approach" by regularly spaced projections and recesses, fundamental characteristic of Mesopotamian 42. Statues, of tallest from the \bu temple, figure c. a Asmar. c. c. Limestone, alabaster, and gvpsum. height Museum, Baghdad, and The Oriental Institute. 2 cm). Iraq is AXCIEXT XEAR EASTERX ART religious architecture, straight, single axis in contrast to • 55 the of Egvptian temples (see fig. 36). Sculpture the god to whom the "White Temple" was dedicated is lost— it was probablv Anu, the god of the skv— but other temples have vielded stone statuarv.

Egyptian architecture had begun made of mud bricks, wood, reeds, and other light materials. Imhotep with structures used cut-stone masonry, but his repertory of architectural forms still reflected shapes or devices developed for less enduring ma- Thus we find columns of several kinds— always "engaged" rather than freestanding—which echo the bundles of reeds or terials. wooden supports that used to be set into mud-brick walls in order to strengthen them. But the very fact that these members no longer had their original functional purpose the made it possible for Imhotep and his fellow them so as to make architects to redesign them serve a new, expressive purpose.

First of all. how valid is the distinction between prehistoric and historic? Does it mereh express a difference in our knowledge of the past? (Thanks to the event to be memorable, centuries. Collectivelv. it memorable events have caused the ever-quickening pace of change during the past five millenniums, which begin with what we call the ancient world. u,. Hagia ThJ^ ^^P»Uik«l>° « Phaislos Leptis Kalo Zakro Magna MEDITERRANEAN SEA THE FAIYUI LIBYA LOWE: EGYF . THE ANCIENT WORLD SITES IPPER :gypt AND CITIES MAGIC AND RITUAL: PREHISTORIC AND ETHNOGRAPHIC ART THE OLD STONE AGE When did human Cave Art beings start creating works of art?

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