Assyria to Iberia: At the Dawn of the Classical Age
'The Met’s catalog is one of the best and most beautifully written ones I’ve ever seen. A guidebook into our collective past worlds' - CultureVulture.net
This handsome companion book to the popular 2014/5 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art explores the spectacular art of the first millennium B.C. from the Near East to Western Europe. This was also a time of rich cultural exchange across the Mediterranean and Near East as diverse populations interacted through trade, travel, and migration. Assyria to Iberia showcases masterpieces that reflect the cultural encounters of this era.
With over 400 full colour illustrations, the book shows the beauty and significance of objects including Assyrian and Babylonian reliefs, colossal sculpture from Syria, a spectacular cauldron with human-headed bird and griffin heads from Cyprus, as well as exquisite ivories and spectacular jewellery from Etruria (ancient Tuscany) and Iberia (ancient Spain).
- Author: Joan Aruz, Curator, Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, The Met Museum
- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Date published: September 2014
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0300208085
- Product Dimensions: 32.2 x 24.1 x 3.5 cm
'a tale of absolutely stunning human invention' - New York Times
'the eye absorbs the resplendent beauty and ingenuity of the artworks made 3,000 or so years ago—the delicate ostrich-egg ewer, the grand statue of Ashurnasirpal II' - The Wall Street Journal
'what it does do, decisively, is elevate the artistic legacy of the early first millennium B.C., which proves as complex, as arresting, and as essential to civilization as the classical Greek culture it gave rise to' - The New Yorker