Egyptian Art: Selected Writings of Bernard V. Bothmer

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Bernard Bothmer was a driving force behind the Egyptian departments of, firstly, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and, later, the Brooklyn Musuem of Art for over sixty years. During those years he produced numerous influential articles on Egyptian art, particularly from the later period. This book presents an anthology of fifty articles written over the last fifty years, each of which is illustrated with large black and white photographs of the sculptures and reliefs discussed. The majority of articles focus on specific works of art, particularly in the Boston and Brooklyn museums, but more general discussions are also considered, such as trends in late Egyptian art, late Egyptian sculpture, apotheosis in late sculpture, forgeries, art from Nubia and northern Sudan, Old Kingdom funerary sculpture, Egyptian antecedents of Roman themes and Hellenistic elements in Ptolemaic sculpture.
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Editorial Reviews

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"For future generations, people like myself, who will not have the privilege of studying or working with Bothmer, this book contains a wealth of information of the working method and the eye of a great Egyptian historian. It provides an example to emulate with regard to its style of writing and elegance in publication."—Elsbeth van der Wilt, Bibliotheca Orientalis

"As a chronicle of the life's work of a brilliant and singular mind that influenced the history of the history of the study of Egyptian art, and as a collection of some of the most visually stunning images of Egyptian art ever made, this compendium of selected writing by Bernard V. Bothmer makes a though-provoking addition to any library."—Lorelei H. Corcoran, Journal of the American Oriental Society

"Points out fresh perspectives on Egyptian realism in the era's 3000 years and particularly the Late Period, through [Bothmer's] multiple photographing of focus pieces.... ' Recommended."—HOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195130713
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Bernard V. Bothmer began his career in Egyptian Art at the Egyptian Museum in Berlin. He subsequently joined the Department of Egyptian Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and then the Department of Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Middle Eastern Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where he later became Chairman. Brooklyn quality became a recognized standard during his tenure. Bothmer was the first Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Egyptian Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

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Table of Contents

Bernard V. Bothmer: doctor doctissimus optimisque artibus eruditissimus
Introduction: Bernard V. Bothmer and Egyptian Art History
1 A Wooden Statue of Dynasty VI 3
2 Notes on the Mycerinus Triad 11
3 The Signs of Age 25
4 Membra Dispersa: King Amenhotep II Making an Offering 39
5 Delta Sites I-V 57
6 Block Statues of the Egyptian Middle Kingdom: I. Ipepy's Funerary Monument 83
7 The Philadelphia-Cairo Statue of Osorkon II (Membra Dispersa III) 103
8 Block Statues of the Egyptian Middle Kingdom: II. The Sculpture of Teta's Son 121
9 A New Field of Egyptian Art: Sculpture of the Late Period 143
10 A Brooklyn Head on a Cairo Statue: The Egyptian Priest Wesir-wer 157
11 Private Sculpture of Dynasty XVIII in Brooklyn 167
12 Bemused and Benign: A Fragmentary Head of Dynasty XIII in the Brooklyn Museum 199
13 A New Fragment of an Old Palette 209
14 More Statues of Senenmut 217
15 Musings of an ARCE Fellow at Work in Cairo 237
16 Apotheosis in Late Egyptian Sculpture 249
17 A Bust of Ny-user-ra from Byblos, in Beirut, Lebanon 279
18 The Head That Grew a Face: Notes on a Fine Forgery 289
19 The Karnak Statue of Ny-user-ra (Membra Dispersa IV) 299
20 A Contemporary of King Amenhotep II at Karnak 315
21 Ancient Nubia and the Northern Sudan: A New Field of Art History 321
22 Revealing Man's Fate in Man's Face 329
23 The Block Statue of Ankh-khonsu in Boston and Cairo (Membra Dispersa V) 337
24 The Significance of Nubian Art 355
25 On Realism in Egyptian Funerary Sculpture of the Old Kingdom 371
26 The Brussels-Brooklyn Statue of Bakenrenef (Membra Dispersa VI) 395
27 Egyptian Antecedents of Roman Republican Verism 407
28 The Great Naos at Mendes and Its Sculpture 433
29 Eyes and Iconography in the Splendid Century: King Amenhotep III and His Aftermath 443
30 Hellenistic Elements in Egyptian Sculpture of the Ptolemaic Period 465
Bibliography of Bernard V. Bothmer 495
Photograph Credits 503
Index of Owners 509
General Index 515
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