An Analysis of Art in Ancient China, Rome, and Northern Europe

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An Analysis of Art in Ancient China, Rome, and N. Europe Introduction One thing is permanent about art throughout the ages and civilizations of time: it always expresses some aspect of the culture that produced it. So it may be seen in Renaissance Italy in Michelangelo's David, or in Hellenistic Greece in the Dying Gaul. The Egyptian statue of Anubis reveals something about the spiritual belief of those ancient people, and the abstract expressionism of Kandinsky in the 20th century represents the shift in intellectual concepts of modern spirituality. Art throughout the ages has always been coupled with some sense of otherworldliness. My recent travels through time have confirmed this and these pages will show exactly how artworks from late 2nd century BC China, 1st century BC Rome, and 16th century Northern Europe illustrate the fact that art in every time and place may serve as a shining example of the beliefs and cultural attitudes of that time and place. Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi's Tomb (200 BC) My initial time travel destination is China in the year 200 BC. Here I examine the resting place of the First Emperor of Qin. Buried in Qin Shi Huangdi's tomb are thousands of life-size terra-cotta replicas of his soldiers and tell us something of the warrior-tyrant, who unified China: "This man was a Bonaparte, a ruthless warlord, who destroyed a great deal of the then civilization, 'burning books and slaughtering scholars,' as one text has it, to end what was known as the

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