Bulletin of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Volume 3-9

Bulletin of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Volume 3-9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ... composition. One can hardly, however, speak of composition in connection with Egyptian painting or sculpture. There is no insistence upon a definite and logical framework of design. Surfaces are covered with a medley of motives unconnected save by subject interest. In free-standing sculpture, the variety of postures was limited to a few unvarying poses. On the whole, types and subjects remain fixed and unvarying throughout Egyptian history, although from time to time the informing spirit naturally changed its character. This immutable character of Egyptian art is thoroughly consonant with the idea of duration which was so strongly a controlling factor in Egyptian life. We shall see later on why the Egyptians sought for permanency in many branches of art; but, before passing on to this subject, we must call attention to the system of decoration evolved by the Egyptians, after monumental architecture their greatest contribution to the world's art. Many of their decorative motives, particularly those connected with the lotus and the papyrus, have continued, modified of course, more or less, down to our own day; and visitors in looking over the decorative art material in this collection will find little of that sense of strangeness which they would be likely to experience in examining Egyptian sculpture and painting. RELIGION A mere recital of the names of the gods and deities of the Egyptian pantheon would fill the pages of a large book. We can not consider here the manifold ramifications of Egyptian belief, but one central tenet--that existence continued after death--must receive some attention. This belief in the after-world explains many features that might otherwise be puzzling in Egyptian life. For example, the houses of the living were...show more

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  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 549g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236545133
  • 9781236545138