Art of the First Cities by Joan Aruz
The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series)

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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.
 

About Joan Aruz

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Joan Aruz is Curator in Charge and Kim Benzel and Jean Evans are Assistant Curators in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
 
Published May 1, 2003 by Metropolitan Museum of Art. 540 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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In a discreet wall card near the beginning of the show, the Met thanks the Syrian government for its willingness to lend important objects to the exhibition, but expresses “deep regret that recent legislation in the United States has made it too difficult and risky for the planned loans to procee...

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(MIT, $45.) It is not given to every artist to rediscover a lost art medium, though that is what the precocious Kara Walker (born 1969, MacArthur fellow 1997) has achieved with the unlikely art form of the silhouette.

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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.

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Already in the Uruk Period (circa 3400–3000 BC), the arts of Sumer and neighboring Proto-Elam12 (southwestern Iran) have the confidence and refinement of a style and approach to art that are no longer groping toward something else but have arrived at a visual language fully adequate to their crea...

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