A Pictorial History of Western Art by Erwin Christensen

By Erwin Christensen

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After Greece had the influence Greco-Roman period until of Alexander become a Roman province Greek art continued in the about the beginning of the Chris- tian era. During the brief period of only two centuries, when Greek was at its maturity, the city-state of Athens made an art enduring demonstration of the significance of art in human During the second half of the fifth century [p. 69, Pericles] and the ensuing fourth century [pp. 72-73, Great Period] architecture, sculpture, and painting, supported by state funds, became a matter of public interest.

The most important country was the empire of the Hittites (c. ) in Asia Minor, which ranked politically with Egypt and Mesopotamia. Hittite sculpture never developed a freedom comparable to that (111. of the sculpture of the more stable empires. Among the several sites that are important for archaeology in north Syria is Zinjirli (modern name), the most complete fortress among those excavated. Perhaps the most famous of Hittite works of sculpture are three stone lions (111. 22) that belonged to the inner gates of Zinjirli and show some Assyrian influence.

Liibke (1870) splendor. But the Greeks of the archaic period had among ancestors northern tribes including Dorians. These new Greeks never rivaled the luxury of the gold and jewelry found in Mycenaean tomb furnishings. Their carved grave r reflect the taste and participation in art of a wellmiddle class. The monuments recovered are from this group rather than from those of the great men like Pericles, which have not survived. Lnlike the Egyptians, who aimed at portraiture in tomb ^ulpture, the Greeks ignored both name and appearance out suggested in their carved figures a person's station in c »ety.

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