A Basic History of Art by ANTHONY F. JANSON' 'H.W. JANSON

By ANTHONY F. JANSON' 'H.W. JANSON

The main thorough, cogent, and lavishly illustrated survey of paintings within the Western culture, Janson's background of paintings has now been thoroughly redesigned and up to date to make it the last word visually and intellectually intriguing source for this day. Timelines; thesaurus; bibliography; index. 1,266 illustrations, greater than 775 in complete colour.

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25). It is to represent spirit, said to Even stranger from southwest Alaska snakes. is the Eskimo (fig. " The at- single eye sculpture. and the mouth The few samples reproduced here can convey no more than the faintest suggestion of ognizable details to the outsider; yet to those the wealth of the available material. African shapes masks, such as the one in figure 24, are distinguished for symmetry of design and the pre- whales to the hunters. \PHIC ART 27. Sand painting ritual for a sick child.

North Palace, Funerary District of King Zoser, Saqqara first. mere surface decoration. But let us they convey, their which they project, spacing, all the degree share in to this task. look at the slender, tapering, fluted columns in figure 31, or the papyrus-shaped columns in figure 32: these half- do not simply dec- orate the walls to which they are attached, but interpret them and give them life. Their pro- portions, the feeling of strength or resilience The development of Giza. reaches in the its the pyramid climax during the Fourth Dynasty famous triad of great pyramids at Giza of the familiar, smooth-sided shape.

All commands, transmit- Sume- these were subject to his Sumer, which they ted to the people by his call inhabited, near the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates. in serving the deity. human steward. The was an economic system that has been dubbed "theocratic socialism," a planned soresult I ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN ART 40. ciety The "White Temple" on its ziggurat, Uruk (Warka), Iraq. c. c. whose administrative center was the temple. The temple controlled the pooling of labor and resources for prises, communal such as the building of dikes or tion ditches, and it collected enterirriga- and distributed a considerable part of the harvest.

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