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Acceptable for one-semester artwork historical past surveys or historically-focused paintings appreciation periods, A historical past of Western Art, 5th variation, combines sound scholarship, lavish visuals, and a full of life narrative to supply scholars with an obtainable and fascinating advent to paintings background. concentrating on the Western canon, the textual content provides a compelling chronological narrative from prehistory to the current. A non-Western complement, World perspectives: subject matters in Non-Western Art, addresses particular parts of non-Western artwork and augments the Western chronology by way of illustrating moments of thematic relationships and cross-cultural touch.

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At the same time, however, the Cup amuses us because of its contradictory nature. Whereas our line of vision soars vertically with the Bird, we instinctively withdraw from the Cup. Iconography and Iconology The iconographic method emphasizes the content of art. The term denotes the “writing” (graphe in Greek) of an image (from the Greek word eikon) and implies that a written text underlies an image. In Bruegel’s Tower of Babel (see fig. 5) the biblical text is Genesis 11:6, in which God becomes alarmed at the height of the tower.

The sophistication of Paleolithic art suggests that language —the ability to communicate with words and tell stories— had also developed, and language in itself requires a sense of sequence and time. c. Before that time, objects were made primarily for utilitarian purposes, although many have aesthetic qualities. It is important to remember, however, that our modern Western concept of “art” would almost certainly have been alien in the Stone Age, when an object’s aesthetic value was inseparable from its function.

Until the material dries and hardens, the work can still be reshaped. Clay that has been heated (fired) in a kiln (a special oven) is more durable and waterproof than clay that has not been so treated. A Paleolithic kiln for firing clay statues of women and animals has been found in Eastern Europe, and a variety of finely crafted, decorated clay vessels were made in Western Europe during the Neolithic period (see page 29). 9/7/10 12:29:17 PM p a l e o l i t h i c 25 Most prehistoric sculptures are in the round, but Paleo­ lithic artists also made relief sculpture (see Box).

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