Adventures of Being a Time Traveling Art Historian

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Adventures of being a Time Traveling Art Historian
Brenda Green
HUM 205
02/17/2013
Phoenix University

Adventures of being a Time Traveling Art Historian
After I spent many hours reading about the Egyptian and Islamic civilizations and the Italian Renaissance I decided to create a time machine in order for me to experience for myself about the different cultures and historians from past centuries. I learned facts about these different cultures and enjoyed being able to experience firsthand the interesting artwork that had been done. I have reflected on the beliefs and many different values from the three different civilizations and what their influence was on art. I have decided to publish my first three chapters for a book to you to enjoy reading and get a firsthand idea about what the early civilizations in time lived and displayed their art. The art of building churches and paintings along with the many sculptures was an inspiration to me of how hard man’s determination would be. I have cried, laughed and worshipped in the most amazing places. The catholic churches were beautiful in the architectural design with amazing glass. I was in the mountains when Muhammad would recite the Angel Gabriel’s words from God so that he would go preach to the future followers and then go into hiding for his protection against this same belief. I hope you enjoy my book of chapters as well as I have enjoyed living the experience. Chapter 1: My first travel is to Egypt to see the wonderful Seven Wonders of the World Pyramid. This pyramid is also known as King Khufu’s great pyramid and is the largest in Egypt standing at a great and striking 147 meters the sides base was 755.75 feet. To build this great pyramid “ 2.3 million blocks of cut stone was carried and used to build this pyramid. A Greek historian name Herodotus would write that it took “20 years to build and required the labor of 100,000 men”, ("Egyptian Pyramids p7), later archaeological evidence suggested that the workforce might actually have been around 20,000. Slaves were believed to have built these pyramids but excavation would show that the workers were Egyptian laborers. Pyramids are known to be used as death tombs of the royal families. The Egyptian civilization believed that in death a king’s soul would continue to rule the kingdom, and to make sure the kings enjoyed blessings from the gods the kings and pharaoh’s bodies were preserved through a process of mummification. In order to protect these kings body’s pyramids were made to make sure that a union would be made with god and the pharaohs. The pyramids from the early years were built around 2630 BC, these were known as Step Pyramid, and a priest by the name of Imhotep was the architect of these pyramids. The “Step Pyramid” was made of stones assembled in six layers and had heights of 204 feet and surrounded by shrines. In excavations of modern times things that were found to be inside these tombs to help aid the dead with the afterlife. One of these items found would turn out to be the one of the most expensive items to be discovered inside an Egyptian pyramid, this would be the death mask of King Tutankhamen also known as King Tut, this mask was made of gold and beautiful stones and glass. No one knows how the knowledge came about to build these pyramids and remains a mystery. Throughout the fifth and sixth dynasties pyramids would continue to be built but the quality craftsmanship would decline and builders would inscribe events onto the walls of the kings burial chambers known as pyramid texts,“ these are the earliest significant religious compositions known from ancient Egypt” ("Egyptian Pyramids p 7) The pyramids from Egypt still have significant meaning and value today as books are written and they are visited by millions of people each year to see the wonderful past that has enriched both art and many of us wonder how laborers were able to build such a grand piece of art . Even Japan has...
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