Egypt; Three Essays On The History, Religion And Art Of Ancient Egypt

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byMartin Brimmer

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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. 1891. Excerpt: ... gests what Egyptian art might have become; but the development stops short. The reason of this we can only conjecture. It may be that after this time, all art being under the jurisdiction of the priests, they jealously guarded their monopoly over it. Thus its freedom and its progress were arrested, and art became limited to its use as the language of religion. Its aim was turned from this life to the next, and the change in the view of a future state, of which we have already spoken, may have now obtained its full influence, suppressing the exposition of material life and limiting the subjects of art to representation of the gods, of the offerings, and of the judgment of the dead. Freedom and individuality had gone, conventionality degenerating into routine held sway. Though we reproach the priests for this narrowing of the province of art, we must recognize that to them is due its birth, its preservation, its continuity, with its characteristics of idealism and symbolism. It was the symbolic and so to speak the ritualistic school that arrested the progress of art, warped its freedom, and crystallized it in its immovable forms as a hieratic language. The same monopolizing and conventionalizing of art occurred in the early Byzantine times. In these too the divine and saintly persons are represented in prescribed forms, but in their case we are impressed by the grimness and asceticism of the types. In Egyptian sculptures, on the other hand, one is attracted by the appearance of health, vigor, and serenity, expressed in face and form, yet one never finds in them sentiment or passion. Whether the subject be Osiris receiving offerings, or a warrior in battle, the expression is always the same, calm with a suggestion of a smile, reminding one somewhat of the sm...

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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. 1891. Excerpt: ... gests what Egyptian art might have become; but the development stops short. The reason of this we can only conjecture. It may ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217928730

ISBN - 13:9780217928731

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