Images of a ruler are some of the earliest in the history of art. From ancient times until our own, leadership figures are often depicted as being exalted and even superhuman in order to create a visual rhetoric to describe their power. The Standard of Ur and Assyrian Lion Hunt relief sculptures are two early Mesopotamian examples of objects that represent the authority of a singular leader. Use the attached images to write a 300-400+ word comparison essay that considers the follwing prompts:
1. Describe the compositions of each object (how are figures arranged in space?)
2. How is authority depicted as superhuman in each work of art?
2. Which sculpture is more naturalistic, and how?
3. Are there any common themes between the two artworks?
Requirements: 400 words