Flat twosome

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Jun 07 2020

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Category: Europe, Germany

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Like ancient Egyptian reliefs – see for example the reliefs inside Ramose’s tomb in Thebe – Assyrian reliefs too stand out by their flatness and beauty. They are hardly three-dimensional but the subtle curves of head and hair are delicately shaped and bring the face to life. When the relief shows two partly overlapping figures, the rhythm that comes into play still enhances the sensation of beauty and flatness.

Photo of the week: Assyrian Relief from Nimrud (9th cent. BC), detail, Pergamon Museum, Berlin, Germany 2005

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