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Department
Art
Course
FAH101H1
Professor
Wolleson
Semester
Fall

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20110929 Art History Continuity vs DiscontinuityThe Frescoes of Dura Europos and The Arch of ConstantineEuropos Hellenic foundation of 300BCE known as Dura Discovered in 1920 near SyriaDura was seized by Persians and was forgotten until domestic buildings domus ecclesiae house used for Christian cult worship and Jewish centre were uncoveredDura Europos The SitePalmyra GateThe Front GateJewish community centre Christian domus ecclesiae indistinguishable from any other house in the neighborhood However they were not secret meeting places Synagogue Dura Europos frescoes all 4 walls were entirely decorated with frescoesProgram decoration schemeThe eastern wall most of the frescoes are destroyed Style of Dura Europo FrescoesWhen there is no preknowledge about the objective of the paintings such as this one Art historians focus first on StyleLinearism frontality flatness rigidity and provincialism mediocre level of executionNo means of comparison with another artifact of the same timeline makes it hard to jud
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