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.
|Publisher:||Harvard University Press|
|Edition description:||2000 Edition|
|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
|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 Amenhotep 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 Period (II) and Ptolemaic Period||231|
|Abbreviations and Bibliography||256|