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Art in Mesopotamia - Chapter Summary
This self-paced chapter provides an entertaining examination of art in Mesopotamia. Take a close look at the history and culture of this ancient region, and explore its architecture, art styles, materials and much more. Use our multiple-choice quizzes to check your knowledge of concepts covered in each lesson, and take our practice exam to gauge your comprehension of the entire chapter. Any questions you develop while studying the lessons can be submitted to our experts. Once you've completed this chapter, you will be able to:
- Describe the culture and history of Mesopotamia
- Share the periods and characteristics of ancient Near East art
- Detail how naturalism and stylization were used in Mesopotamian art
- Explain the materials, forms and functions of the artworks of the ancient Near East
- Discuss how spiritual beliefs were represented in the art of the ancient Near East
- Showcase an understanding of human and animal forms in the art of the ancient Near East
- Describe Sumerian art and architecture
- Provide a description of Mesopotamian art during the Akkadian dynasty and Neo-Sumerian period
- Describe the style of Babylonian art
- Exhibit knowledge of Assyrian architecture and art
1. Mesopotamia: Culture, Facts & History
Ancient Mesopotamia, a region located in modern day Iraq, was a rich and diverse culture. In this lesson we will explore some of the major events and most interesting facts about Ancient Mesopotamia.
2. Art of the Ancient Near East: Periods & Characteristics
This lesson will introduce the art of the Ancient Near East. We will explore some basic information about the region, learn about the major characteristics of its art, and examine the five major periods of its art.
3. Use of Naturalism & Stylization in Mesopotamian Art
In this lesson, you will explore the art of ancient Mesopotamia and discover how the styles of naturalism and stylization were used by ancient artists. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
4. Artworks of the Ancient Near East: Materials, Forms & Functions
In this lesson, we will study the materials, forms, and functions of the art of the Ancient Near East. We will pay special attention to forms like steles, cylinder seals, votive figures, and lyres.
5. Representation of Spiritual Beliefs in the Art of the Ancient Near East
In this lesson, we will learn how the art of the ancient Near East expresses the spiritual beliefs of the people of that region. We will pay special attention to religious statuary and ziggurats.
6. Human & Animal Forms in the Art of the Ancient Near East
In this lesson, you will explore the ways that cultures of the ancient Near East represented both humans and animals in their art and how these figures interacted with each other. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
7. Sumerian Art and Architecture
This lesson explores the artwork of one of the earliest civilizations: the Sumerians. Sumerians created beautiful works of art that inspired other cultures for centuries after their decline.
8. Mesopotamian Art During the Akkadian Dynasty & Neo-Sumerian Period
What kind of art did cultures in the ancient Near East create? On what subjects did they focus? In this lesson, we'll explore these answers as we look specifically at Mesopotamian art created during the Akkadian Dynasty and the Neo-Sumerian Period.
9. Art of the Babylonians: Style, Examples & Achievements
Art has been the defining characteristic of cultures for as long as civilizations have been in existence. With its use of symbols and culturally significant writing, Babylonian art has been at the forefront of shaping other cultures for millennia.
10. Assyrian Art and Architecture
This lesson explores the unique characteristics of a fierce and violent culture: the Assyrians. The Assyrians were a warrior culture living in ancient Mesopotamia who used art and architecture to display their power.
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