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Irene J. Winter is widely recognized as the seminal scholar of ancient Near Eastern art of her generation, in large part due to the limitless imagination of her scholarship and insistence on the material’s relevance in art historical and Mesopotamian studies. Her work in the early 1980s on the Neo-Assyrian palace of Ashurnasirpal II pioneered an approach to study the relationship between texts, images and architecture as an integrated and coherent program designed to define or defend a royal ideology. One of Irene’s great talents is to look at familiar objects in a fresh light and through new “eyes” in order to provide a different perspective on them. Irene’s influence is so broad and deep that her students represent the next wave of scholarship of the visual culture of the ancient Near East.

Keywords: ancient Near Eastern art; Irene J. Winter; royal ideology



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