The Art of Ancient Egypt by Gay Robins, Harvard University Press
An excellent introduction to the basics of ancient Egyptian art covering the whole period of Egyptian history and discussing the issues of canon, function and most importantly what art meant for the ancient Egyptians. It is a magical trip to an art thousands of years old from a civilisation that has acquired the status of legend in the modern world. And at the same time, it is a successful attempt to place these works of art in the social, religious, cosmological and political context of the people that created them.
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