3,600 - 539 b.C.


As humans gathered in groups, skilled artisans began to improve the surroundings rather than just capture it. The Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem from this era, laid the foundation for the Bible.

In the fertile crescent between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, civilizations were born. In the area now occupied by Turkey, Iraq and Syria, the role of artisans moved from “recorders of the world” to “providers of beauty.” This was a time when the seeds of all religions were sown with the poem the Epic of Gilgamesh that eventually became the basis of the Bible. Art of this time started to suggest a search for God and a fascination with mythology. This is the beginning of art as inspiration.