Art and architecture of the world's religions by Leslie Ross

By Leslie Ross

Starting with the traditional worlds of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome and relocating ahead via time, artwork and structure of the Worlds Religions explores the foremost faiths from international locations and continents all over the world, supporting readers larger comprehend the creations their ideals have encouraged. After tracing the background and improvement of a faith, the booklet presents a normal evaluate of its important ideals and key practices. It then deals particular examples of the way works of art/architecture mirror that religions values.
The concentration of every bankruptcy is at the temples, church buildings, and non secular constructions, statues, work, and different artworks and structure created via believers. each one consultant murals or structure is tested by way of its historical past, fabrics, symbols, colours, and styles, as its importance is defined to the reader. With vast illustrations, those volumes are the definitive reference paintings on paintings and structure of the worlds religions.

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Although we lack contemporary written documents from the prehistoric periods, it does seems clear, from the archaeological evidence, that ancient peoples were concerned with issues of life, death, food, and health—and that they approached these concerns in ways that were not always or exclusively utilitarian. 3 Menhirs at Carnac, Brittany, France ca. 3000 –2000 bce. com. 7 Art and Architecture of the World’s Religions represent or symbolize some of the basic food sources for early peoples, but the extreme care, attention to detail, and physical difficulties surmounted by prehistoric people to visually embody these animals in the interiors of deep and dark caves seem evidence of—if not a codified belief system—at very least an attempt to honor, placate, assuage, or encourage the forces of the natural world that surrounded them.

London: Phoenix Press, 2002. McDermott, LeRoy. ” Current Anthropology 37, no. 2 (1996): 227–75. McMann, Jean. Riddles of the Stone Age: Rock Carvings of Ancient Europe. London: Thames and Hudson, 1980. Mertens, Joan. ” Metropolitan Museum Journal 33 (1998): 7–22. Meskell, Lynn. “Goddesses, Gimbutas and ‘New Age’ Archaeology. Antiquity 69 (1995): 74 – 86. Michell, John. Megalithomania: Artists, Antiquarians and Archaeologists at the Old Stone Monuments. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1982.

This archaeo-astronomical aspect of Stonehenge has attracted the greatest attention in late 20th-century technologybased scholarship,44 although other theories about Stonehenge (as a site for ancient Druid rituals, as a marker of territory, as a solar temple for worship of the sun god) have been proposed. As with all examples of art and architectural forms from prehistory, the lack of written records makes it difficult to do anything other than purely speculate about purpose and function. The logical tendency is to assume that Stonehenge had a religious or ritual function of some sort—but the exact nature of this will doubtless continue to be explored by generations of scholars and enthusiasts in the future.

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