A Basic History of Art by ANTHONY F. JANSON' 'H.W. JANSON


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

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42). contemporary with the Pvramid of King Zoser. shows the geometric and expressive aspects of sculpture from the earlv dvnastic period. The The image of about thirtv inches high, represents Abu. the god of vegetation: the second largest, a mother goddess: the others, priests and worshipers. The two deities are distinguished from the rest not onlv bv their size but also bv the larger diameter of the pupils of their eves, although the eves of all the figures are enormous. Their insistent stare is emphasized bv colored inlavs.

And thus turies older than the first survives at Warka, the city site of Uruk (called Erech in the mound, its several cen- of the pyramids, of the Sumerian Bible). The sloping sides reinforced by solid brick masonry, rises to a height of forty feet; stairs and ramps lead up to the platform on are sufficiently well preserved to suggest something of the original appearance of the structure. The main room, or cella, where sacrifices were offered before the statue of the god, is a narrow hall that runs the entire length of the temple and is flanked by a series of smaller chambers.

Arms and legs have the roundness of pipes, and the long skins worn bv all these figures are as smoothlv curved as if thev had been turned on a lathe. Even in later times, when Mesopotamian sculpture had acquired a far richer tion eves, "the repertory of shapes, this qualitv asserted itself again and again. The conic-cvlindrical Asmar statues is Tell simplification of the characteristic of the 43. c. 8 cm). carver, Tree. Wood. c. The Offering stand from Ur. gold, and lapis lazuli, height 20" Museum.

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