ASOR June 2017
“Artists always turn to their predecessors for inspiration. The impact of Mesopotamia on Modern Art was as significant as it was unexpected. But it was a case of artists being inspired by “art” that had been created thousands of years earlier and for completely different purposes.
The ‘Golden Age’ of archaeological excavations in Mesopotamia came from the 1920s until the end of World War II, when Iraq and Syria gained their independence from Britain and France. During this period Sumerian and Akkadian artworks and texts became increasingly well known as information spread widely through both scientific and popular publications, academic conferences, and temporary exhibitions.”