Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Post # 3 from the 2008 Boston SBL Meeting

After this morning's Ezekiel session, we went to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts to see the "Art and Empire: Treasures from Assyria" exhibit. To see the website, click here. To listen to part of the Epic of Gilgamesh, free at the site, click here.

One of the reliefs in the exhibit was the above image of a dying lion. Ashurbanipal's arrow is clearly visible, and the masterpiece depicts the animal with striking realism. It is typical of Assyrian art to show animals with more realism than humans.

Another relief in the exhibit showed soldiers crossing over a river using inflated animal skins as floats, similar to the image above. The audio tour contained some inserted perspectives of a genius-award winning cartoon-artist. What impressed him about this image was the treatment of moving water. It's not easy to figure out how to depict something like the rapid movement of a stream in this type of art, and the use of swirls here is an exciting way to accomplish the feat.


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