Chapter 2 The Rise of Civilization: The Art of the Ancient Near East. Gardner’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