Twenty miles east of Rome lies the villa of the emperor Hadrian, who ruled for about 20 years during the second century A.D., but whose lavish estate has exercised a strong influence on architects and artists since its rediscovery in the 15th century.
Islamic art raises questions about the uses and meanings of ornament, the role and image of calligraphy and the nature of abstract art. Above: The Mosque of the Three Doors, Kairouan, Tunisia. 866 AD. Traditionally said to have been erected by Muhammad Ibn Khayrun, a merchant from Al-Andalus.
For Avinoam Shalem the study of art history is not just about locating and defining a civilization, a culture or a movement, it’s about what he calls “interaction zones”— the places where culture and commerce collide and inspire new forms of expression.
A new study suggests that Homo erectus, a precursor to modern humans, was using advanced tool-making methods in East Africa 1.8 million years ago, at least 300,000 years earlier than previously thought.