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Posted April 18, 2010
The first question I ask myself, when considering a new book purchase, is "What does this book contribute to my collection?" Ancient Egypt is a subject that is well-represented in my collection, but even a casual perusal of Hodge's "Egyptian Art" showed that this would be a valuable addition.
For this book, Hodge selected twenty specific pieces of Egyptian artwork, most of which are familiar choices, and examined each in detail. Composition, form, function and manner of display are all considered, along with some information about the context in Egypt's long history in which the piece was created. As a result, each piece transcends mere aesthetics, and becomes an eloquent witness to ancient Egyptian culture.
To the historian, this book offers splendid insights into Egyptian civilization, and perhaps just as importantly, demonstrates how we know so many of these insights. For someone drawn to this work from the standpoint of art appreciation, on the other hand, this book may well be the first explanation of Egypt's rich tradition. Several of the artworks explored in this book are famous enough to grab the attention of the casual reader, perhaps inspiring a new interest in ancient Egypt.
Posted March 14, 2010
The images in the book are great quality. I like the historical content without being overly detailed. I had a learned a lot from this book about ancient Egypt, so for anyone who wants a little bit of Egyptian art and history, this is a good book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2010
Loved this little book, love all things pertaining to Egyptian art. Bought one as a gift. Wonderful addition to my collection. If you love beautiful art, get this little gem.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 23, 2009
I wish I had gotten this book before my trip to Egypt. Yet, it enabled me to understand a little more on what I experienced when I was there. The book not only provided insight into the religious & social significance of the art, but also information on artist techniques & colors. The die-cut windows in the book was a fantastic approach to zoom in on a particular detail of the artifact. Great job.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 13, 2009
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