Art Of Western Art : Prehistory Through The Middle Ages Essay

839 Words Jul 18th, 2015 4 Pages
There are plenty of wonderful and interesting artwork in the History of Western Art: Prehistory through the Middle Ages, but there was only one particular artwork that really caught my attention. The one that I find really interesting. This particular piece of artwork is categorized in the "Art of South and Southeast Asia before 1200." The artwork that I am talking about is called the Angkor Wat. The Angkor Wat is my absolute favorite because of how beautiful it looks and also because architecture is my favorite kind of art. The Angkor Wat is a Buddhist Temple used for a place of worship. Angkor Wat translates to "City of Temples" or "Temple City," and in Cambodian "Wat" in English is Temple. It is said to be that the Angkor Wat is the world 's largest religious building ever. The name of the building is called the Angkor Wat and it is located in South East Asia, in Cambodia. The Angkor Wat was created in the first half of the 12th century. The "estimated construction time of the temple is 30 years" ( TourismOfCambodia). The Angkor Wat is a Buddhist Temple, but was "originally built as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu, it was converted into a Buddhist temple in the 14th century, and statues of Buddha were added to its already rich artwork" (Jarus, Live Science Contributor). Angkor Wat was "built by the Khmer King Suryavaran II, honors the Hindu god Vishnu and is a symbolic representation of Hindu cosmology" (Gray). Just like any other…

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