The Art of Ancient Egypt

The Art of Ancient Egypt

by Gay Robins

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The Art of Ancient Egypt by Gay Robins

From the awesome grandeur of the great pyramids to the delicacy of a face etched on an amulet, the spellbinding power of the art of ancient Egypt persists to this day. Spanning three thousand years, this beautifully illustrated history offers a thorough and delightfully readable introduction to the art of ancient Egypt even as it provides insight into questions that have long engaged experts and amateurs alike.

What did art, and the architecture that housed it, mean to the ancient Egyptians? Why did they invest such vast wealth and effort in its production? These are the puzzles that Gay Robins explores as she examines the objects of Egyptian art -- the tombs and wall paintings, the sculpture and stelae, the coffins, funerary papyri, and amulets -- from its first flowering in the Early Dynastic period to its final resurgence in the time of the Ptolemies. With remarkable sensitivity to the complex ways in which historical, religious, and social changes are related to changes in Egyptian art, she brings out the power and significance of the image in Egyptian belief and life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674003767
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2000
Edition description: 2000 Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 10.24(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

1Understanding Ancient Egyptian Art12
2Origins: The Early Dynastic Period30
3The First Flowering: The Old Kingdom (I)40
4A Golden Age: The Old Kingdom (II)58
5Diversity in Disunity: The First Intermediate Period80
6Return to the Heights: The Middle Kingdom (I)90
7Change and Collapse: The Middle Kingdom (II)110
8A New Momentum: The New Kingdom (I): Ahmose to Amenhotep III122
9The Great Heresy: The New Kingdom (II): The Amarna Period and Its Aftermath149
10The Glories of Empire: The New Kingdom (III)166
11Fragmentation and New Directions: The Third Intermediate Period195
12Looking to the Past: The Late Period (I)210
13The Final Flowering: The Late Period (II) and Ptolemaic Period231
Abbreviations and Bibliography256
Further Reading265
Illustration Acknowledgements267

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