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


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

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Quality of the In fact, the image would seem frozen especially ART FOR THE DEAD: EGYPT 44 suited to the divine nature of the pharaoh. 7*9 he simplv is. The Egyptian style of representing the human figure, then, seems to have been created specificallv for the purpose of conveying in visual form the majesty of the divine king. It must have originated among the artists working for the royal court. And it never lost its ceremonial, sacred flavor, even when, in later times, it had to serve other purposes as well.

The old religious tradition was quickly re- Cover of the coffin of Tutankhamen, c. <:. Gold inlaid with enamel and semiprecious Stones, 39. 1 cm). Egyptian Museum, Cairo ART FOR THE DEAD: EGYPT • 51 ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN ART SUMERIAN ART The origin of the Sumerians remains obTheir language is unrelated to any other known tongue. c, they came to southern Mesopotamia from Persia, and there, within the next thousand years, they founded a number of citystates and developed their distinctive form of writing in cuneiform (wedge-shaped) characscure.

Museo National de las Cultures, Mexico ('itv PREHISTORIC AND ETHNOGRAPHIC ART • 39 image— and a strangely our own tradition, too, includes the "soul bird," from the dove of the Holy Spirit to the albatross of the Ancient Mariner, so that we find ourselves responding to a work of art that at first glance might seem both puzzling and alien. ure, forms a dramatic familiar one, for Masks In dealing with the spirit world, people were not content to perform rituals or to present offerings needed before their spirit traps.

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