This book contains all of Smarthistory’s content for Sumerian, Akkadian, Neo-Sumerian / Ur III, Babylonian, Assyrian and Persian art.
The “Beginner’s guide” introduces foundational concepts, such as the chronology of Byzantine history, sacred imagery, and wearable objects. Subsequent sections are arranged chronologically, covering the Early Byzantine period (c. 330–700), the Iconoclastic Controversy (c. 700s–843), the Middle Byzantine period (843–1204), the Latin Empire (c. 1204–1261), and the Late Byzantine period (c. 1261–1453) and beyond.
These sections include thematic essays on Byzantine art and architecture, essays that focus on key works (subtitled artworks in focus or architecture in focus), and essays that explore Byzantium’s relationships with other cultures (subtitled cross-cultural perspectives). Finally, we have included questions for study or discussion to encourage teachers, students, and other readers to engage with videos and other content on the Smarthistory website which could not be included in this book format but which we believe richly compliments what is presented here.
From the Dome of the Rock to the Taj Mahal, the Coronation Mantle, the Ardabil Carpet, and more... The art of the Islamic world includes everything from magnificent mosques to delicate miniatures, gigantic carpets to ceramic bowls.
It can be difficult gain perspective on your own time, but these artists manage to do just that. A room full of seeds, a picture of a picture, a billboard on Times Square, and a dead shark: what does it all mean?
Two world wars, sweeping technological change, and the undoing of traditional academic art. Can a urinal count as art? What about a canvas of pure color, or a chair placed in front of a gallery wall? These artists answered yes.