A CONNECXION naturally exists between barbaric types of art and barbaric types of society. Autocracy is the origin of both.
As shown when treating of modern Imperialism and of Re-barbarization, both are concomitants of growing militancy; and militancy in its developed form implies coercive government. One of the accompaniments of despotism is display, serving to overawe the popular mind by manifestations of power of every kind. One manifestation is a gorgeous and highly-elaborated style of art--a style which suggests the thought of enormous cost and enormous labour, implying unlimited control over men. The earliest times show us this in the decorations of Egyptian tombs and temples, internally lined throughout with frescoes and externally covered with sculptured details of conquests; and the like traits may be seen in the remains of the Assyrian civilization. So was it in the past and is at present in all Eastern countries, where no form of rule is known