By FREDERICK HARTT
The main finished and best-illustrated advent to Western artwork, the 2 volumes of paintings: A background of portray, Sculpture, And structure. Its writer, Professor Frederick Hartt, is a really proficient instructor. He conjures up where and time within which every one nice civilization flourished, and indicates how person artworks exhibit it. quantity I starts with the outdated Stone Age and follows mankinds creative improvement during the finish of the center a while. Its 3 significant parts—Art prior to Writing, the traditional international, and the center Ages—examine the portray, sculpture, and structure of greater than twenty civilizations. the humanities of historical Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Islamic global are studied intimately, as are these of the Early Christian and Early Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic eras.
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Every autumn the river overflowed, spreading over the land the Even in the abundant crops could be almost total absence of rainfall, produced. The unchanging order of the natural world was personified by a complex and often changing pantheon of fertile silt brought from central Africa. bon between the barren rocky or sandy wastes of the Libyan Desert to the west and the Arabian Desert to the east. During the fourth millennium b C, the valley was inhabited by a long-headed, brownskinned ethnic group, drama rhythmically repeated according apparently of African origin, while the Nile delta to the nature.
Meaning and purpose of these magnificent paintings. bison on the ceiling of Altamira, vividly alert (colorplate In the absence of natural light, the paintings could only 2). have been done, with the aid of stone lamps filled with animal fat, with wicks of woven moss fibers or hair. The colors were derived from easily found minerals, and in- be. clude red, yellow, black, brown, and violet, but no green or blue. The vehicle could not have "been fat, which would it is considered the finest. are as powerful as the representation of animals can Although artists of periods later in human history analyzed both surface and anatomical structure more ex- Altamira animals has never been surpassed.