Introduction
“History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed. Art has remembered the people, because they created.” – William Morris

 
Handprints, dots, and partial drawings at Chauvet, ca. 30,000 BCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's a quick look at what we'll be considering...

 

Hall of Bulls, Lascaux, ca. 15,000 BCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kerloas Menhir, France. c. 6500 BCE. Height 33 feet.
Bison, from La Madeleine near Les Eyzies c. 15,000 - 10,000 BC. Reindeer horn, length 4".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ziggurat of Ur
Ziggurat of King Urnammu, Ur (El Muqeiyar),
Iraq. c. 2100 BC
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The Pyramids of Menkuare (c. 2533 - 2525 BC), Khafre (c. 2570 -2544 BC), and Khufu (c. 2601 - 2528 BC), Giza.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Face Cover of the Coffin of Tutankhamen, 18th dynasty,
gold with inlaid semiprecious stones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head of an Akkadian Ruler, from Nineveh (Kuyunjik), Iraq.
ca. 2300 – 2200 BCE. Bronze, height 12".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statues from the Abu Temple, Tell Asmar, Iraq. ca. 2700 - 2500 BCE.
Limestone, alabaster, and gypsum, height of tallest figure approx. 30".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toreador Fresco

Bull-leaping from the palace, Knossos (Crete), Greece, ca. 1400 - 1370 BCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Menkuare and His Wife, Queen Khamerernebty, from Giza. ca. 2525 BCE. Slate, height 54 1/2".
Anavysos Kouros. ca. 530 BCE. Marble with remnants of paint, height 6' 4".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ajax and Achilles Playing Draughts

Exekias. Achilles and Ajax Playing Draughts. ca. 540 BCE. Height 24".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riace Warrior

Riace Warrior A, found in the sea off Riace, Italy. ca. 450 BCE. Bronze, height 6' 8".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parthenon

Iktinos, Kallikrates, and Karpion. The Parthenon (view from the west), Akropolis, Athens. 448 - 432 BCE.
Duane Preble, Sarah Preble and Patrick Frank, Artforms. (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002) 7th ed., 268.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarcophagus

Sarcophagus, from Ceveteri. ca. 520 BCE. Terra-cotta, length 6'7".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Augustus of Primaporta. Roman copy c. 20 AD of a Roman original of ca. 15 BCE. Marble, height 6'8".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colosseum

The Colosseum, Rome. 72 -80 CE.
http://www.chachasconeyisland.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/colosseum-2.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dionysiac Mystery Cult Mural

Scenes of a Dionysiac Mystery Cult. Mural frieze. ca. 50 BCE. Villa of the Mysteries, Pompeii.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Constantine the Great. Early 4th century CE. Marble, height 8'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Head, from the Oseberg ship burial. ca. 825 CE. Wood, height approx. 5".
Chi-Rho Monogram from Book of Kells, ca. 800 CE? 13 X 9 1/2".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isis Nursing Horus 664 - 332 BCE.
Virgin and Child Enthroned, Hagia Sophia, dedicated 867.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pisa Baptistry, Cathedral and Campanile (view from the west). 1053 - 1272.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Façade, Amiens Cathedral.  Begun ca. 1220 – 36 and continued through 15th century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interior of Saint Denis. France, 1140 - 44; 1231 - 81.