ARTH 200: Art of the Western World from
Prehistory to 1300 ACE

Paleolithic period (c. 40,000-7,000 BCE):

Lascaux caves: Neolithic period (c. 8,000-2,300 BCE):

Stonehenge:

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Sumer (3500-2030 BCE)

Akkad (2340-2180 BCE) Lagash (c. 2150 BCE) Babylonia (c. 1792-1750 BCE) and Mari Assyria (c. 1000-612 BCE) Neo-Babylonia (c. 612-539 BCE) Persia (c. 559-331 BCE)

    Persepolis:

Egypt

Early Dynastic Egypt (c. 3150-2700 BCE)

Old Kingdom (c. 2700-2190 BCE)
Funerary Complex of Djoser, Saqqara, c. 2600 BCE: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
     Funerary Complex at Giza: Middle Kingdom (c. 2040-1674 BCE) New Kingdom (c. 1552-1069 BCE)

     Great Temple at Karnak:

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Temple of Ramsesses II and Nefertari, Abu Simbel, c. 1279-1212 BCE: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
     Funerary Temple of Hatshepsut, Deir el-Bahri, c. 2009-1997 BCE: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tomb of Tutankhamen -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Akhenaten and the Amarna Period (1352-1336/5 BCE) Aegean Era Greece (c. 3000-1100 BCE)

Cycladic (c. 3000-1600 BCE)

Minoan (c. 3000-1400 BCE)

Palace at Knossos, Crete:

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mycenaean (c. 1400-1100 BCE)

      Mycenae, Greece:

      Tomb known as Treasury of Atreus, c. 1300-1200 BCE, Mycenae, Greece:
  • View from the east; 1300-1250 B.C.E.
  • Plan of tomb known as Treasury of Atreus, c. 1300-1200 BCE, Mycenae, Greece
  • Treasury of Atreus; plan and sections; c. 1300-1250 B.C.E.
  • Doorway, close view; 1300-1250 B.C.E.
  • Interior, dome; c. 1300-1250 B.C.E.
  • Interior, view into dome; 1300-1250 B.C.E.
  • Interior of tomb known as Treasury of Atreus, c. 1300-1200 BCE, Mycenae, Greece
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    For more on Greek Art, see Marjorie Venit's Greek Art page

    Proto-Geometric (before 900 BCE)

    Geometric Period (c. 900-700 BCE) Archaic Period (c. 600-480 BCE) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Temple of Artemis, Kokyra (Corfu), c. 600-580 BCE: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Temple of Apollo at Delphi: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Athenian Treasury, Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi, c. 490 BCE: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

        Siphnian Treasury, Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi, c. 525-520 BCE:

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         Charioteer Sculpture Group at Delphi:

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         Temple of Aphaia, Aegina: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        François Vase, Ergotimos and Kleitias, black-figure decoration on a volute krater, c. 570 BCE, Museo Archeologico, Florence: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • Dionysos with Maenads, by Amasis Painter, black-figure amphora, c. 540 BCE, Biblothèque Nationale, Paris
  • The Suicide of Ajax, by Exekias, black-figure amphora, c. 540 BCE, Château-Musée, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
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         Death of Sarpedon, by Euphronios, red-figure calyx krater, c. 515 BCE, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York:
  • Hypnos & Thanatos Removing the Body of Sarpedon; c.510 B.C.; New York, Metropolitan Museum
  • Warriors Arming; c.510 B.C.; New York, Metropolitan Museum
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  • A Bronze Foundry, by the Foundry Painter, red-figure kylix from Vulci, Italy, c. 490-480 BCE, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Antikensammlung
  • Achilles and Ajax Playing Draughts, black-figure, c. 540 BCE, by Exekias, Vatican Museum, Rome
  • Achilles & Ajax Playing Draughts; red-figure; 520-515 B.C.; Boston, Museum of Fine Arts
  • Achilles & Ajax Playing Draughts; red-figure; c.525 B.C.; Boston, Museum of Fine Arts
  • Achilles and Penthesilea, by Exekias, c. 525 BCE, (from Vulci, Italy), British Museum, London
  • Dionysos Sailing with Dolphins, by Exekias, (from Vulci, Italy), Museum for Antike Kunst, Munich
  • Classical Period (c. 480-320 BCE) Hellenistic Period (320-30 BCE) Ancient Italy

    Etruscan Art (c.700-2nd c. BCE)

    The Roman World

    For more images of Roman art, check out the Roman page with images of selected monuments

    Republican Rome (c. 509-27 BCE)

    Imperial Rome (c. 27 BCE-395 CE) Art of the Early Christian Era (c. 100-6th c. CE)

    Jewish Art

    Early Christian Art
      Byzantine Art
          Church of San Vitale, c. 526-547 CE, Ravenna, Italy: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Early Medieval Art:
      Romanesque Art:
      Gothic Art:
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    Chartres Cathedral

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    Amiens Cathedral

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    Nôtre-Dame, Paris

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