Mesopotamian Art

Mesopotamian Art

Art, Architecture and Sculpture

Early Period (c.4500-3000)

The significant medium of Neolithic workmanship in Mesopotamia was ceramics pottery during the early period (c.4500-3000), a sort of quality which was far better than a Greek earthenware delivered up to that point – the best examples of which normally included geometric designs or plant and animal motifs. Moreover, different antiques and works of art started to be ornamented with valuable metals. Around 3200 BCE in Babylonia, happened the most punctual known occurrence of nail workmanship when men colored their nails with kohl, an antiquated cosmetic containing lead sulfide.

 Third Millennium (c.3,000-2,000)

Free standing figure, in stone and wood showed up, alongside primitive jewellery, early bronze statuettes, and decorative designs on an ancient of artifacts. Arrangements of shrines, in the Diyala valley were excavated, contained examples of model in the round and proof of modern copper and bronze casting methods, some bronze figure being made by the complicated cire-perdue process. The copper high relief embellishment of the temple façade at Al’Ubaid likewise survived. Numerous rich burials, some of them in vaulted tombs, contained gold, silver, shell objects, gems, lapis lazuli, hued limestone and, gaming-boards, and harps, were discovered at Ur. Obviously, for example, the dazzling “Ram in a Thicket” (c.2500 BCE, uncovered from the Great Death Pit, at Ur), a standout amongst the most capturing sculpture ever of. Clay reliefs or steles, utilized by the educated classes to describe stories, were another prevalent work of art, as were cylinder shaped or cubical statues.
Mesopotamia was united for a period (2334-2154) under the Semitic lords of the administration of Akkad during this rich early dynastic period, whose craftsmanship is illustrated by some fascinating reliefs, fine fragmentary life-size figures in stone and copper, and the absolute most wonderful cylinder seals at ever cut- indicates the region’s best artists and metalworkers. After a time of confusion, there was a Neo-Sumerian revival driven by Ur. Innumerable statues of Gudea of Lagash survived. The significant first ziggurat or stepped temple pyramid dates from this period built by rulers of the third dynasty of Ur.


Mesopotamian Art/Tell Asmar Hoard statue of worshiper, (2750-2600)
Tell Asmar Hoard statue of worshiper, (2750-2600)

Second Millennium (c.2000-1000)

The third dynasty of Ur fell in 2003 BCE before the Amorites, who moved in from the desert and set up a progression of Semitic dynasties. By around 1750, Northern Mesopotamia was affected by Assyria, while the south was controlled by Babylon. The Kassites from Iran continuously picked up impact in the south, however kept up the conventional architectural structures, regardless of whether a few paintings at Aqar Quf and a brick exterior adorned with life-size figures at Uruk, demonstrate some inventiveness. The great development of the fifteenth century BCE was the utilization of glass and glazing; there are a few examples of colorful, dark glass from Tell el-Rimah and Middle Assyrian examples of glazed bricks.
This was the period during which the Assyrians united their kingdom and built up their stone model, as exhibited by the monumental statues and reliefs that designed the royal residences of the Assyrian rulers. One of the most remarkable was their carved stone relief sculpture, a successive brightening decorative element on supreme monuments and royal residences. These reliefs contained subtle elements of royal hunting parties and fight scenes. Special attention is paid to the animal’s forms, such as horse and lions. However, human figures are similarly detailed yet relatively rigid and wooden-looking. Among the most well-known example of Assyrian craftsmanship are the lion-hunt alabaster carvings depicting Assurnasirpal II (ninth century BCE) and Assurbanipal (seventh century BCE), now in the British Museum. Mesopotamian carvings were no doubt  influenced by the Egyptian sculpture and additionally works of Ancient Persian art, while it itself would have affected the different strands of Aegean workmanship – including Minoan art (Crete) and Mycenean craftsmanship (Peloponnese) – and in addition early Etruscan workmanship (Italy) and other eastern Mediterranean cultures of the Bronze Age.

Assyrian Empire and Fall of Babylon (934-539)

The Assyrians developed in the tenth century BCE as the prevailing power in the Near East. Tremendous palaces, temples and ziggurats at Nineveh, Nimrud, Khorsabad, were also built by them, which were guarded by stone entryway lions, winged bulls or genii. They recorded their battles and adventures in long engravings, in definite low reliefs on limestone slabs and in fresco paintings. The goods they brought back included various kinds of artifacts, including various bronze bowls, furniture fittings and ivory plaques, carved in various styles, which are in fact great and frequently exceptionally wonderful; these articles are, in any case, for the most part of foreign workmanship. It was some time before Babylon’s fortunes recovered however under the Chaldaean rulers of the late seventh and sixth hundreds of years BCE the city was elaborated with temples and royal residences including Nebuchadnezzar’s well known Hanging Gardens, which excavations have discovered to have been built over a series of vaulted chambers of different heights. The Ishtar Gate and a processional route driving from it were enriched with bulls, monsters and lions in low relief on splendidly glazed bricks. The Persians, under Cyrus the Great, put an end to this Babylonian dynasty in 539 BC and from there on Mesopotamia was ruled by a progression of outside dynasties – Achaemenids, Seleucids, Parthians and Sassanians.


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Indian Artist

1.G.R. Santosh  2. Jai Zharotia 3. Ramkinkar Vaij 4. Dhan Raj Bhagat 5. Somnath Hore 6. Raja Ravi Varma 7. Ratnabali Kant 8. Satish Gujral  9. Anjolie Ela Menon 10. Jagdish Swaminathan   11. Bishamber Khanna  12. Shanti Dave  13. Om Prakash  14. A Ramachandran 15. Arpita Singh 16. Gulam Mohammad Sheikh  17. Biren De  18. Manjit Bawa 19. Gogi Saroj Pal  20. Arpana Caur 21. Vivan Sundaram  22.Amar Nath Sehgal 23. Jatin Das  24.Meera Mukherjee 25. P. V. Janakiram 26. Ved Nayar 27. Mrinalini Mukherjee  28. Lydia Mehta 29. Krishna Reddy 30. Surindra Chadha 31. Anupam Sud 32. Sankho Chaudhuri 33. Gaganendranath Tagore 34. Rabindranath Tagore 35. Nandalal Bose  36. Abanindranath Tagore 37. Jamini Roy 38. Amrita Sher-Gil 39. A. R. Chughtai  40. Zainul Abedin 41. George Keyt 42. M.F. Husain 43. Binod Bihari Mukharji 44. K. G. Subramanyan  45. Krishen Khanna  46. Tyeb Mehta  47. Ram Kumar 48. Pran Nath Mago 49. F.N. Souza 50. B.C.Sanyal 51. K.S.Kulkarni 52. HarKrishan Lal 53. Jahangir Sabavala 54. Sailoz Mukherjee 55. N. S. Bendre  56. K.K.Hebbar 57. Bimal Das Gupta  


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