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Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age

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By Joan Aruz, Sarah B. Graff, and Yelena Rakic

This comprehensive book explores the spectacular art of the first millennium B.C. from the Near East to Western Europe. This was the world of Odysseus, in which trade proliferated with Phoenician merchants; of King Midas, whose tomb was adorned with treasures; and of the Bible, whose stories are illuminated by recent artistic and archeological discoveries. It was also a time of rich cultural exchange across the Mediterranean and Near East as diverse populations interacted through trade, travel, and migration.

Assyria to Iberia showcases masterpieces that reflect the cultural encounters of this era. Stunning details convey the beauty and significance of more than 300 objects drawn from collections around the globe. These objects include carved reliefs from the majestic palaces of ancient Assyria, Phoenician fine bronze metalwork and carved ivories, Egyptian statues, and luxurious jewelry. Texts by over 80 international scholars provide a compelling picture of this fascinating period, one that is essential to understanding the origins of Western culture and art.

By Joan Aruz, Sarah B. Graff, and Yelena Rakic

This comprehensive book explores the spectacular art of the first millennium B.C. from the Near East to Western Europe. This was the world of Odysseus, in which trade proliferated with Phoenician merchants; of King Midas, whose tomb was adorned with treasures; and of the Bible, whose stories are illuminated by recent artistic and archeological discoveries. It was also a time of rich cultural exchange across the Mediterranean and Near East as diverse populations interacted through trade, travel, and migration.

Assyria to Iberia showcases masterpieces that reflect the cultural encounters of this era. Stunning details convey the beauty and significance of more than 300 objects drawn from collections around the globe. These objects include...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Pages: 448
  • Illustrations: 446 in full color
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 9 1/2'' x 12''
  • ISBN: 9780300208085
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the classical Wor I saw this book today when I took my Upper School Art History class to the Detroit Institute of Arts Library. It is an inspiring collection and a beautifully illustrated book. I wish I had known about the exhibition in time to see it at the Met. If you are a lover of Ancient Art History, like I am, it is a must have book. That is why I am ordering a copy for my home.
Date published: 2014-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging I have been slowly working through this wonderful volume, reading all the essays and picture descriptions, trying to really look at everything. The density of the information and interpretative comment takes a certain level of focus to process as I am no spring chicken. History is fascinating in general, but my particular interest in this is learning about the movement of ideas, language, skills, arts, objects, and images in and around the Biblical record. I was fortunate enough to visit the exhibit, but couldn't absorb it all that one day. If you are interested enough to be reading these reviews, you can't do without this volume.
Date published: 2016-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's as wonderful as I anticipated. It's beautifully organized and illustrated and brings back my memories of so much in the show that I enjoyed.
Date published: 2015-07-21
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