Visual History of the World

(CONTENTS)
 

 


HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION & CULTURE

From Prehistoric to Romanesque  Art
Gothic Art
Renaissance  Art
Baroque and Rococo Art
The Art of Asia
Neoclassicism, Romanticism  Art
Art Styles in 19th century
Art of the 20th century
Artists that Changed the World
Design and Posters
Photography
Classical Music
Literature and Philosophy

Visual History of the World
Prehistory
First Empires
The Ancient World
The Middle Ages
The Early Modern Period
The Modern Era
The World Wars and Interwar Period
The Contemporary World

Dictionary of Art and Artists

 




First Empires

ca. 7000 B.C. - 200 A.D.


 


The Middle East was the cradle of mankind's first advanced civilizations. In Egypt and the Fertile Crescent, which extends in an arc from the north of the Arabian Peninsula east through Palestine to Mesopotamia, the first state structures emerged in parallel with the further development of animal husbandry, agriculture, trade, and writing. The first great empires, such as those of the Egyptian pharaohs, the Babylonians, the Assyrians, and the Persians, evolved at the beginning of the third millennium B.C., out of small communities usually clustered around a city. Similar development also occurred on the Indian subcontinent and in China, where quite distinct early advanced civilizations took shape as well.


 


The golden mask of Tutankhamun, a jewel of ancient Egyptian artwork,
 showing the pharaoh in a ceremonial robe decorated with the heraldic animals, the vulture and cobra, ca. 1340 B.C.

 


 


Syria and Palestine
 


3000-332 B.C.
 



 

 


The Abduction of Europa


According to Greek mythology, Zeus, the father of the gods, assumed the form of a white bull and abducted Europa, the daughter of King Agenor of Phoenicia. By him she conceived Minos, the legendary king of Crete. Much that arrived in Europe from Asia first passed through Minoan Crete, including the Phoenician alphabet.

 

 



The Rape of Europa
 

 


Noel-Nicolas Coypel

 


Rembrandt van Rijn

 


Peter Paul Rubens

 


Paolo Veronese

 


Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre

 


Guido Reni

 


Antonio Marziale Carracci

 


Francesco Albani

 


Francois Boucher

 


Francois Boucher

 


Vouet Simon

 


Maarten de Vos

 


Michel DeSubleay

 


Claude Lorrain

 


Luca Giordano

 


Luca Giordano

 


Jacob Jordaens

 


Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

 


Valentin Serov

 


Hugo Claus

 

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