Egypt: 4000 Years of Art

Egypt: 4000 Years of Art

by Jaromir Malek
     
 

The land that is now Egypt nurtured an extraordinary pioneering civilization - one of the oldest, most powerful, long-lasting and technically accomplished cultures the world has ever known. Over the millennia its achievements have never lost their power to amaze - and justly so, for the Egyptian architects and craftsmen produced some of the greatest masterpieces of

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The land that is now Egypt nurtured an extraordinary pioneering civilization - one of the oldest, most powerful, long-lasting and technically accomplished cultures the world has ever known. Over the millennia its achievements have never lost their power to amaze - and justly so, for the Egyptian architects and craftsmen produced some of the greatest masterpieces of world art. This book presents a carefully chosen selection of the finest works of art and architecture produced over a period of some 4000 years, from about 4000BC, when the first sophisticated works of art began to be made, to 200AD, when Egypt was a province of the Roman Empire and the old traditions had all but died out. Egyptian art is usually instantly recognizable and its basic formulas remained unchanged for thousands of years, yet at the same time it was remarkably varied in size, medium, subject-matter and type of object, ranging in size from the monumental pyramids and temples to the tiniest and most delicate pieces of jewellery, and embracing painting, sculpture, metalwork, woodwork, textiles and ceramics. At whatever scale, the art has an immediate appeal for its beauty and consummate craftsmanship, and the works illustrated in this book, all of the highest quality, can be enjoyed for their aesthetic qualities alone. They are also products of a culture very different from ours, and in his concise introduction Jaromir Malek provides the essential background for understanding why Egyptian art took the forms it did. The explanations continue in the informative captions to each illustration, and the chronological chart, map, bibliography and index provide quick reference. The works illustrated in "Egypt: 4000 Years of Art" are all masterpieces that can be enjoyed in their own right. Presented in strict chronological order, they also form a succinct history of the subject that will be a valuable resource for students and teachers. For all readers it will provide a fresh and beautiful introduction to some of the most remarkable art ever produced.

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Library Journal
A satisfactory introduction to a subject will combine just enough text to explain the basics and illustrations that give the reader a clear image of the topic under discussion. A great introduction does all of that but is also so vividly written and produced that the reader will want to learn more. Preeminent archaeologist Malek (Egyptian Art) presents a great basic text on ancient Egyptian art by keeping his very informative introduction to 20 pages and focusing on the 300 color photographs that illustrate the development of Egyptian style from Pre-Dynastic through Ptolemaic times. The elementary Egyptian canon (head in profile with a forward-facing eye, frontal shoulders, and profiled legs in a striding position) is first seen in artifacts from about 3000 B.C.E., but it continued to develop in very subtle ways. Malek does an exceptional job of showing both individual artistic style within the canon and the gradual change of the canon itself. W. Stevenson Smith (Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt), Cyril Aldred (Egyptian Art), and Gay Robins (The Art of Ancient Egypt) all wrote good introductions to the topic, and if you have one or more of them you don't really need this one. Egypt is, however, the best introduction to Egyptian art that this reviewer has encountered-and at this price, it's a steal.-Mary Morgan Smith, Northland P.L., Pittsburgh Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714842004
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
507,423
Product dimensions:
8.62(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.62(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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