Al-Sayyed states that many researchers say it's obvious that the Greek sculptors who came after those eras drew inspiration from ancient Levantine and Mesopotamian art
, and that their methodology and technique of sculpting and the beauty standards they embraced originated from Syria, and later in history they were passed to the Romans through Sicily, Greek Italy, Campania, and Alexandria.
From Ayad Al-Ameedy at the Iraqi Pavilion using oil on canvass to reinstate the lifelong history of Mesopotamian art
, to Hakam Al Tahir at the Jordanian pavilion expressing calligraphy on glass.
She notes that sleep does not seem to be depicted in Mesopotamian art
Rick Snyderman of Snyderman Gallery cites his frequent encounters with ancient Mesopotamian art
at NYC's Metropolitan Museum as the genesis of The Spirit of the Figure, however, as distinctive as they are individually, the sculptors Snyderman selected (Adrian Arleo, Matt Nolan, Jindra Vikova and Richard Shaw) are but four among a multitude of possibilities.
It is noteworthy if not ironical that a single object of Mesopotamian art
created a sensation in the New York art market in early December 2007 when it was bought by an unknown collector for 57.
The museum has an excellent collection of classical, Oriental, Islamic, Egyptian and Mesopotamian art
, plus works by Rembrandt, Rubens and Renoir.
Now, an organization that represents museums in 140 countries has unsheathed a weapon last used in a worldwide push to find some of the objects of Mesopotamian art
looted from the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad after the city fell to U.
The theme is common and venerable in Mesopotamian art
, dating back to the Sumerian period (third millennium BC).
Newspaper reports have piously and rather repetitiously trotted out a party line on the importance of the collections of the Iraq Museum in Bagdhad, and have even illustrated some of its most significant pieces, but there has been little explanation about what makes it such an invaluable resource for the study of Mesopotamian art
, and there has also been a distinct tendency for it to hog the limelight.
Zainab Bahraini, an Iraqi-born professor of Mesopotamian art
now living in the US, warned: "Many of these pieces will disappear into international markets and never be seen again.
Writing again on Mesopotamian art
in 1974 he begins, "It is my profound conviction that the testimony of the past must not be ignored.
Browsing the antiques markets of London a few years ago, McGuire Gibson, an expert on Mesopotamian art
and archeology at the University of Chicago, found some of his worst fears confirmed.