A Companion to Ancient Egyptian Art presents a comprehensive collection of original essays exploring key concepts, critical discourses, and theories that shape the discipline of ancient Egyptian art.
Winner of the 2016 PROSE Award for Single Volume Reference in the Humanities & Social Sciences Features contributions from top scholars in their respective fields of expertise relating to ancient Egyptian art Provides overviews of past and present scholarship and suggests new avenues to stimulate debate and allow for critical readings of individual art works Explores themes and topics such as methodological approaches, transmission of Egyptian art and its connections with other cultures, ancient reception, technology and interpretation, Provides a comprehensive synthesis on a discipline that has diversified to the extent that it now incorporates subjects ranging from gender theory to X-ray fluorescence and image-based interpretations systems
Melinda Hartwig is an Associate Professor of Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Art and Archaeology at Georgia State University. She is the author of Tomb Painting and Identity in Ancient Thebes, 1419-1372 BCE (2004).
Notes on Contributors ix Foreword xiii Preface xv Acknowledgments xvii List of Abbreviations xix List of Illustrations xxi List of Plates xxxi Chronology of Egyptian Kings xxxiii Chronology of Kushite Rulers xli Maps xlv 1 What Is Art? 1John Baines PART I Methodological Approaches 23 2 Historiography of Ancient Egyptian Art 25Diane Bergman 3 Style 39Melinda K. Hartwig 4 Connoisseurship 60Jack A. Josephson 5 Iconography and Symbolism 78Maya Muller 6 Semiotics and Hermeneutics 98Valerie Angenot 7 Gender and Sexuality 120Gay Robins 8 Reception and Perception 141Alexandra Verbovsek 9 Representing the Other: Non-Egyptians in Pharaonic Iconography 155Ann Macy Roth 10 Interpreting Ancient Egyptian Material Culture 175Salima Ikram PART II Materials and Mediums 189 11 Sculpture 191Melinda K. Hartwig 12 Relief 219Alexandra Woods 13 Painting 249Francesco Tiradritti 14 Coffins, Cartonnage, and Sarcophagi 269Kathlyn M. Cooney 15 Luxury Arts 293Arielle P. Kozloff PART III Concepts in Art 307 16 Ideology and Propaganda 309Ronald J. Leprohon 17 Religion and Ritual 328Emily Teeter 18 Narrative 344Nadja S. Braun 19 The Ordering of the Figure 360William H. Peck 20 Portraiture 375Betsy M. Bryan PART IV Interconnections with the Larger World 397 21 Egyptian Connections with the Larger World: Greece and Rome 399Barbara Mendoza 22 Egyptian Connections with the Larger World: Ancient Near East 423Mehmet-Ali Atac 23 The Art and Architecture of Kushite Nubia 447Peter Lacovara PART V Reception of Ancient Egyptian Art in the Modern World 463 24 Egyptomania: Fascination for Egypt and Its Expression in the Modern World 465Jean-Marcel Humbert PART VI Technology and Interpretation 483 25 Interpretation 485Nigel Strudwick 26 Technology 504Richard Newman 27 Conservation of Egyptian Objects: A Review of Current Practices in the Field and in Museum Settings 522Susanne Gansicke Index 545