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The Art of Ancient Egypt: Revised Edition Paperback – August 25, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0674030657 ISBN-10: 0674030656 Edition: Revised

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; Revised edition (August 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674030656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674030657
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 10.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robins (art history, Emory Univ.) has produced the first significant general survey of ancient Egyptian art in the English language since Cyril Aldred's Egyptian Art in the Days of the Pharaohs, 3100-320 BC (Oxford Univ., 1980) and W. Stevenson Smith's The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt (Penguin, 1981). The first chapter orients the reader in the cultural, technical, and iconographic contexts needed to explore the evolution of the Egyptian artistic tradition in subsequent chapters. Beginning with the predynastic origins (5000 BCE) and concluding in the Ptolemaic Period (304-30 BCE), Robins traces the development of sculpture, painting, funerary and religious art, and architecture with over 300 illustrations, many in color. Unique to this survey is the inclusion of Ptolemaic art and the attention paid to the decoration of sarcophagi, coffins, and mummy cartonnages over three millennia. The text is authoritative and fully referenced with an excellent bibliography. This work will interest general readers as well as scholars and is recommended for all public and academic libraries.?Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Sys., Ft. Pierce, Fla.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Robins has produced the first significant general survey of ancient Egyptian art in the English language since Cyril Aldred's Egyptian Art in the Days of the Pharaohs, 3100-320 BC and W. Stevenson Smith's The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt...Unique to this survey is the inclusion of Ptolemaic art and the attention paid to the decoration of sarcophagi, coffins, and mummy cartonages over three millennia. The text is authoritative and fully referenced with an excellent bibliography. This work will interest general readers as well as scholars and is recommended for all public and academic libraries.
--Edward K. Werner (Library Journal)

Covering three millennia of Egyptian art, this beautifully illustrated volume presents and chronological survey of the monuments and art works of the ruling elite of ancient Egypt…This book is sure to delight anyone interested in the art and archaeology of the ancient world.
--Rhonda Cooper (KLIATT) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This book is an excellent introduction for the general reader into the 3000 year history of ancient Egyptian art.
Paul Jones Johnson
The book is beautifully produced with superb color pictures, added to which the illustrations are not the same old/same old that have appeared over and over again.
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Clearly and thoroughly explained, this book provides an accurate description of Egyptian art from the Early Dynastic Period to the Ptolemaic Period.
Francesca Jourdan

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By cbfcbf on February 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
This turned out to be exactly what I was looking for which was a basic explanation of Egyptian art. It is extremely well orgainzed and is not written in a dense fashion. The illustrations/photos of art have good, lengthy explanations next to them- telling you exactly what you are looking at, not just "wall painting from tomb". I really wish all art history books were this well written, lushly illustrated and frankly, affordable.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Paul Jones Johnson on December 14, 1997
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This book is an excellent introduction for the general reader into the 3000 year history of ancient Egyptian art. Robins' writing style is clear and accessible, her illustrations well-chosen and exceptionally well-captioned. Presenting a chronological overview rather than a strict thematic examination, Robins carefully walks the reader through the centuries as Egyptian artistic expression began in various mediums and developed specific styles. She lifts for recognition the philosophical integration of Egyptian metaphysics and aesthetics that was always displayed in art work meant to be functional rather than decorative, whether used in a tomb or a temple. Woven throughout her text is an argument for an Egyptian style that was continuous for the length of the Egyptian civilization, a style that avoided foreign influences until the Roman rule that came following the death of Cleopatra VII. The colors plates are beautiful and provide the armchair Egyptologist with an opportunity to become familiar with wonderful monuments and delicate objects joined in their expression of an Egyptian cosmological understanding that remained intact across three millennium.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on December 22, 2009
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This book is a classic, plain and simple. Robins is the leading (living) expert on Egyptian art, and her introduction to it in this lavishly illustrated volume is the most up-to-date source out there. Other classics (for instance, William Stevenson Smith's volume) are perhaps more thorough, but they are also so old as to border on antiquated at this point.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Francesca Jourdan on August 17, 2000
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Clearly and thoroughly explained, this book provides an accurate description of Egyptian art from the Early Dynastic Period to the Ptolemaic Period. The author demonstrates the importance and place of art in Ancient Egypt. Beautiful illustrations from tomb paintings, sculptures, coffins, and many objects accompany the text. A definite must for both students and professionals.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1999
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I bought this book as a text book for a college class. Not only did I learn so much about the art of this amazing ancient society, I learned about their culture that spanned for thousands of years. This book will definitely give you a deep understanding on Egyptian art.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Maranda on October 22, 2010
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This book is written for a laymen to understand and the imagery in this book is fabulous! I can't think of a page that doesn't show at least some images of Egyptian Art. Definitely worth the money.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jay on March 30, 2011
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When I ordered this book I was a bit worried it won't be what I want. I was designing a project (Egyptian Style). I was so happy when it arrived. It has both the history facts & the brilliant photos. It is far more worth what I paid for.
I love this book.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Deirdre Jones on May 29, 2009
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Robins provides a wide range of information in an easy to read format. She has extensive captions for each image that provides greater detail.
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