How to Read World History in Art
From the Code of Hammurabi to September 11
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How does an artists interpretation of historical events alter our understanding of them? Kings, queens, presidents, and generals from Alexander the Great to Theodore Roosevelt have commissioned paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs of major events, and artists have responded to important moments with works that forever shape historical memory. This book deals with specific episodes, from the proclamation of the Code of Hammurabi to more recent events such as the fall of the BerlinWall and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It also deals with broader themes, such as the founding of states (Persia, Rome, the Chinese Empire, the United States) and war (Delacroixs Liberty Leading the People, Picassos Guernica). Here too are the great voyages of exploration, the industrial revolution, and much more. The book also looks at history outside Europe, from Asia and Africa to the Americas and the Islamic world.