The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt

The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt

Paperback Pelican History of Art / Yale University Press (Paperback)

By (author) W.Stevenson Smith, Revised by William Kelly Simpson


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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 290mm x 28mm | 1,270g
  • Publication date: 1 March 1999
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300077475
  • ISBN 13: 9780300077476
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 75 colour plates, 344 b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 171,128

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The civilisation of Ancient Egypt flourished along the fertile banks of the River Nile. It was a civilisation that extended in virtually unbroken continuity from the fourth millennium B.C. to the conquest of Alexander the Great. During this long era of constancy the architectural and artistic styles characteristic of this civilisation changed and developed from period to period and dynasty to dynasty, as this book so vividly shows. Monuments with their wall-reliefs and paintings and treasures and decoration as well as many other works of art are beautifully reproduced in over 400 illustrations, many in colour, which alongside this classic text, now revised and with a new updated bibliography, make this volume the definitive survey of this subject, appealing both to students and the general reader.

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Editorial reviews

The ancient Egyptians were profoundly concerned with life after death. In their tombs, they recreated life for the dead in a naturalistic way, giving us deep insights into their culture. These include revealing portraits of the kings and queens, and their civil servants - the men and women who built the pyramids at Giza, the tombs at Thebes and the temples at Luxor and Karnak. These monuments with their wall reliefs, paintings and other works of art are reproduced here in over 400 illustrations, many in colour. First published over 40 years ago, this revised edition confirms its status as one of the definitive accounts of the subject. (Kirkus UK)