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Picturing the Past
Imaging and Imagining the Ancient Middle East

Edited by Jack Green, John A. Larson and Emily Teeter

Picturing the Past
Paperback, 184 pages £23.00
Published: 2012
ISBN: 9781885923899
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Subjects: Ancient Near East, Art & Art History, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
Series: Oriental Institute Museum Publications

This fully illustrated catalogue of essays, descriptions, and commentary accompanies the Oriental Institute special exhibit Picturing the Past: Imaging and Imagining the Ancient Middle East (on exhibit February 7 through September 2, 2012). Picturing the Past presents paintings, architectural reconstructions, facsimiles, models, photographs, and computer-aided reconstructions that show how the architecture, sites, and artifacts of the ancient Middle East have been documented. It also examines how the publication of those images have shaped our perception of the ancient world, and how some of the more "imaginary" reconstructions have obscured our real understanding of the past. The exhibit and catalog also show how features of the ancient Middle East have been presented in different ways for different audiences, in some cases transforming a highly academic image into a widely recognized icon of the past.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 184 pages

BIC Code:
  ART006000, HIS002000, HIS026000, SOC003000
 Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago


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