The Art of Ancient Egypt / Edition 2

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From the awesome grandeur of the Great Pyramids to the delicacy of a face etched on an amulet, the spellbinding power of ancient Egyptian art persists to this day. Spanning three thousand years, this beautifully illustrated history offers a thorough and delightfully readable introduction to the artwork even as it provides insight into questions that have long engaged experts and amateurs alike. In its scope, its detail, and its eloquent reproduction of over 250 objects, Gay Robins’s classic book is without parallel as a guide to the art of ancient Egypt. And her eagerly awaited new edition includes many new color photographs and a fully revised and updated bibliography.
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Editorial Reviews

Covering three millennia of Egyptian art, this beautifully illustrated volume presents a chronological survey of the monuments and art works of the ruling elite of ancient Egypt. Opening with an introductory chapter on the function and aesthetic principles of Egyptian art that includes a section on material and techniques, this highly readable volume features 150 color and 150 b/w illustrations, accompanied by substantial informative captions. Each historical chapter concludes with a succinct summary of the detailed discussion covered on the preceding pages, and each supports the author's central thesis that the art of ancient Egypt served primarily to bolster the power of the ruling class and support the clearly delineated social hierarchy. The generous use of line drawings and architectural plans supplements the beautiful photographs of temples, wall paintings, sculptures, coffins, and tomb furnishings. An extensive bibliography is included along with a detailed chronology and map. An index makes it easy to find information on such well-known figures as Cleopatra, Nefertiti, and Tutankhamun as well as such topics as funerary practices, fertility figures, and artists' workshops. This book is sure to delight anyone interested in the art and archaeology of the ancient world. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1997, Harvard University Press, 272p, illus, map, bibliog, index, 26cm, 97-19458, $24.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Rhonda Cooper; Dir., University Art Gallery, Stony Brook, NY, March 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 2)
Library Journal
Robins art history, Emory Univ. has produced the first significant general survey of ancient Egyptian art in the English language since Cyril Aldred's Egyptian Art in the Days of the Pharaohs, 3100-320 BC Oxford Univ., 1980 and W. Stevenson Smith's The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt Penguin, 1981. The first chapter orients the reader in the cultural, technical, and iconographic contexts needed to explore the evolution of the Egyptian artistic tradition in subsequent chapters. Beginning with the predynastic origins 5000 BCE and concluding in the Ptolemaic Period 304-30 BCE, Robins traces the development of sculpture, painting, funerary and religious art, and architecture with over 300 illustrations, many in color. Unique to this survey is the inclusion of Ptolemaic art and the attention paid to the decoration of sarcophagi, coffins, and mummy cartonnages over three millennia. The text is authoritative and fully referenced with an excellent bibliography. This work will interest general readers as well as scholars and is recommended for all public and academic libraries.Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Sys., Ft. Pierce, Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674030657
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 114,392
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gay Robins is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History at Emory University.
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Table of Contents

Chronology 8

1 Understanding Ancient Egyptian Art 12

2 Origins: The Early Dynastic Period 30

3 The First Flowering: The Old Kingdom (I) 40

4 A Golden Age: The Old Kingdom (II) 58

5 Diversity in Disunity: The First Intermediate Period 80

6 Return to the Heights: The Middle Kingdom (I) 90

7 Change and Collapse: The Middle Kingdom (II) 110

8 A New Momentum: The New Kingdom (I): Ahmose to Amenhorep III 122

9 The Great Heresy: The New Kingdom (II): The Amarna Period and its Aftermath 149

10 The Glories of Empire: The New Kingdom (III) 166

11 Fragmentation and New Directions: The Third Intermediate Period 195

12 Looking to the Past: The Late Period (I) 210

13 The Final Flowering: The Late Leriod (II) and Ptolemaic Period 231

14 Epilogue 252

Abbreviations and Bibliography 256

Further Reading 265

Illustration Acknowledgements 267

Index 269

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