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Egyptian Art

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Of the ancient art that has survived from the non-Classical world, that of Egypt makes a unique appeal.

In this authoritative and splendidly illustrated guide Cyril Aldred surveys nearly 3000 years of Egyptian art and architecture, concentrating on the fine arts of painting and sculpture.
Paperback, 252 pages
Published February 17th 1985 by Thames & Hudson (first published January 1st 1960)
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Egyptian Art seems to us static and unchanging over the centuries from the Old Kingdom, the Middle Kingdom and the New Kingdom.
When thoroughly reading Cyril Adred's Egyptian Art this view will be differentiated. Although not always easy to read Aldred provides the reader with an short historical overview of the sequential pharaohs and their reign, but he compares their reigns with the art in relief, fresco's in tombs, temples, and statues that are remaining in museums all over the world. By com
James F
A volume in the Thames & Hudson World of Art series. Good description, unfortunately most of the illustrations are in black in white.
From the introduction:Manetho, the learnéd High Priest in Heliopolis who was commissioned by Ptolemy I in the third century BC to write a history of Egypt, divided into thirty-one dynasties the entire chronicle of events, from the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under Menes, the first pharaoh, to the conquest of Alexander the Great in 332 BC.

This is a lovely book for an Egyptophile such as I and, for me, is a reference book and one to catch snippets of every so often. We went to Berlin just
Joseph Rice
read this as a text in an art history class over 15 years ago. very well illustrated, reads a bit clunky in places, but a good overview.
D.J. Butler
A bit small and a bit black and white (a book on art ought to have huge color plates), and now a bit dated. Still, pretty great.
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Very interesting. Nice (mostly black-and-white) illustrations.
Good survey. Useful.
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Cyril Aldred was a British Egyptologist, art historian and author. He also served as the Keeper of Art and Archaeology for the Royal Scottish Museum.
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