Art of the First Cities: The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series)
 
 
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Art of the First Cities: The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series) [Hardcover]

Joan Aruz
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June 10, 2003 0300098839 978-0300098839 First Edition
This illustrated work highlights one of the most important and creative periods in the history of art: a time marked by the appearance of the city states of the Sumerians, the citadel of Troy, the splendid royal tombs at Ur, and the monumental cities at Mohenjodaro and Harappa. The volume examines the cultural achievements of these first urban societies, placing them in a historical context. Topics covered include the emergence of the first city states, the birth of written language, and trade and cultural interconnections between the Ancient Near East and outlying areas. More than 500 works of art, including sculpture, jewellery, vessels, weapons, cylinder seals and tablets executed in a wide variety of materials such as stone, metal, clay, ivory and semiprecious stones, are included. The accompanying texts are written by leading scholars in the field. This is the catalogue for an exhibition to be held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 8 May to 17 August 2003.


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A truly spectacular, groundbreaking exhibition of Near Eastern art and urbanism that is closing at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art this month, Art of the First Cities gained additional poignancy following the looting of Iraq's National Archeological Museum and countless other sites. In Mesopotamia 5,000 years ago, what were probably the first cities arose, and their arts, particularly in metal and stone, were nothing short of stunning, often arrestingly modern in a manner quite different from later Egyptian art. Unfortunately, most of the 712 illustrations here (535 in color) are straight-ahead catalogue illustrations that fail to really capture the objects' allure, despite crisp printing. Big exceptions are the seals and cuneiform tablets, which are shown in extreme close-up, revealing terrific detail. Short, dispassionate essays by 50-plus experts from the Hermitage, the Louvre and the Met, brought together by Aruz and Wallenfels, curators at the Met of ancient Near Eastern art, summarize what is know about Uruk, Ur and other early cities, along with the pieces found there, from the copper "Striding Horned Demons" from 3800 B.C.E. Iran to a "Recumbent human-headed bull or bison" from Ur of circa 2000 B.C.E. Maps, detailed chronologies and a massive bibliography round out this first book and exhibit to cover the whole region during this crucial period; it should serve as a fine summation for scholars and curious lovers of art and urbanism.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A fine summation for scholars and curious lovers of art and urbanism. -- Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
  • Hardcover: 564 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art; First Edition edition (June 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300098839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300098839
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent! January 8, 2005
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A magnificent volume, for those who might be interested in the miriad small and large details pertaining to the earliest artifacts of those primordial history writing civilizations. A great many details as to the History, Physical conditions, Geography, Economics, Foreign relations, Art, Religion, Litterature, Iconography, Archaeology and so on, both textual and visual. A most interesting book for those interested in the cradle of civilisation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb March 27, 2005
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This is a superbly illustrated and written book, with photographs of renown artifacts from museums around the world, and even more outstanding essays by relevant scholars. I suspect anyone interested in Ancient Art from the formative stages (3000-2000 BCE) of the world's first civilizations will enjoy reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really cool! October 16, 2013
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I just love looking at old artifacts and art. This book has wonderful pictures and descriptions of old things, statues, decorated utensils & dishes, etc. I can't describe it all. Love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the Art of the First Cities March 22, 2006
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Wonderful illustrations. Up-tu-date analyses & comments. For amateurs and specialists as well.
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