Tuesday, 1 May 2012

How to use this blog

This blog is intended to supplement the e-book:
Evolution of Western Art, by Remy Dean.

It is expected that this weblog be used alongside the text in the book to provide the bibliography and visual reference. There is a blog entry to correspond with every entry in the book and each on-line post provides links to images and further reading, enabling the reader to adapt their own experience to match their interests. As the blog is now 'live' - it can be adapted to reflect new on-line content and to provide supplemental information as it becomes available.

In the web-active edition of the book, there is a link at the end of each entry that takes you to the corresponding entry on this blog. This feature will, of course, depend on the connectivity of your reading device...

The weblog has been uploaded in chronological order to match the structure of the book's text. So if you scroll from this post onwards, you will find the postings in the correct order to match the book. Alternatively, you can use the search box on the left to 'dip in' to the content at random, or use the label lists of work titles and artists names in the left column.

You can download Evolution of Western Art, by Remy Dean from the amazon Kindle store by clicking this link.

You can download free Kindle reader software by follwing the appropriate link to the left of this blog, or by going here...

Monday, 16 April 2012

Ancestors and Antecedents: Things (400,000 BCE)

Article about hand axes at London's Natural History Museum website

Short article at the Archaeology Journal's website about the discovery of pigments in Zambia which could be 400,000 years old

Hunter-Gather Migrants: Three Venuses (40,000 BCE)

Cave Dwellers: Chauvet Caves (30,000 BCE)

Short article about the Chauvet Caves at the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

image from Wikimedia Commons

Click image above for more info and preview, or to buy this excellent documentary film (made by the great Werner Herzog) about the Chauvet Caves - it is 'required viewing' for anyone with even the slightest interest... available in multi format, region-free, Blu-ray edition including 2D and 3D versions, or if you prefer a standard DVD, use this link...

Cave Dwellers: Lascaux Caves (16,000 BCE)

Article at the BBC website about designs found in the Lascaux Caves that could be the earliest star charts

Virtual Visit - walk through the cave system via this interactive website

People of Göbekli Tepe: Stone Circles (10,000 BCE)

Article about Göbekli Tepe at the Smithsonian website with a good Göbekli Tepe photo gallery

Another interesting article about Göbekli Tepe at the National Geographic website

People of Çatalhöyük: Shrines to the Mother and the Cow (7,000 BCE)

Excellent website dedicated to the on-going excavations and discoveries at the Çatalhöyük site

Click image above to preview or buy this Kindle book about the Çatalhöyük discoveries

Mesopotamians: Susa Beaker (5,000 – 4,000 BCE)

Image-based on-line 'tutorial' about the development of ancient ceramics

Ancient Egyptians: The Pyramids (2,655 – 2,575 BCE)

images (C) Remy Dean - please credit

Minoans: Bull’s Head Libation Vessel (1,600 – 1,500 BCE)

photos by Remy Dean
photos (C) Remy Dean - please credit

Minoans: The ‘New Palace’ at Knossos (1,600 – 1,500 BCE)

photo by Remy Dean

Above: The 'red devil' bull mural at the New Palace

photo by Remy Dean

Above: The throne room of King Minos
photo by Remy Dean

Above: The main approach road into Knossos - the earliest known paved roadway

These images (C) Remy Dean - please credit

Akhenaten: Art of the Amarna Period (1353 – 1334 BCE)

Interesting article about Akhenaten with photo gallery at Ancient Egypt website

Click image above for reviews or to buy this book about Akhenaten and his reign at Amarna

Thutmose: Bust of Queen Nefertiti (circa 1340 BCE)

Images of this sculpture with accompanying notes at the Berlin Egyptian Museum website

Funerary Artists: Death Mask of Tutankhamen (1346 BCE)

Click image above for reviews or to buy this catalogue from National Geographic publishing that accompanied a major touring exhibition of the treasures of Tutankhamun
BBC gallery of images showing treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun / Tutankhamen

Archaic Greeks: Temple Statuary (1,100 – 450 BCE)

Babylonians: The City of Babylon and The Ishtar Gate (604 – 562 BCE)

Kritios (attrib): Kritios Ephebe aka The Critian Boy (480 – 490 BCE)

Preview or Buy Evolution of Western Art

Phideas (attrib): Riace Warriors (circa 450 BCE)

Click image above for reviews or to buy this excellent film about the Spartan stand against the Persian onslaught - historically accurate, all be it dressed with generous artistic licence... 
Click image below for reviews or to buy this book about Classical Greek art