Chapter 2 The Rise of Civilization: The Art of the Ancient Near East. Gardnerâ€™s Art Through the Ages, 12e. The Ancient Near East. Understand the cultural changes in the Neolithic Revolution as they relate to the art and architecture.
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-- The “bent axis” approach to the sanctuary was standard for Sumerian temples -- Corners oriented to cardinal directions -- Temple itself was small.
-- Gods reside above the level of humans.Sumerian Religion, Society, and Art
ca 3200-3000 BCE
[r. 604-562 BCE] – mentioned in Daniel.
Babylon conquered by Cyrus of Persia in the 6th cen. BCE.
-- 1,000 yrs later Islamic artists looked to this palace as their standard for their own work.Sasanian Art: Shapur I & Ctesiphon