Proportion and Style in Ancient Egyptian Art by Gay RobinsProportion and Style in Ancient Egyptian Art by Gay Robins

Proportion and Style in Ancient Egyptian Art

byGay RobinsIllustratorAnn S. Fowler

Paperback | January 1, 1994

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The painted and relief-cut walls of ancient Egyptian tombs and temples record an amazing continuity of customs and beliefs over nearly 3,000 years. Even the artistic style of the scenes seems unchanging, but this appearance is deceptive. In this work, Gay Robins offers convincing evidence, based on a study of Egyptian usage of grid systems and proportions, that innovation and stylistic variation played a significant role in ancient Egyptian art.

Robins thoroughly explores the squared grid systems used by the ancient artists to proportion standing, sitting, and kneeling human figures. This investigation yields the first chronological account of proportional variations in male and female figures from the Early Dynastic to the Ptolemaic periods. Robins discusses in detail the proportional changes underlying the revolutionary style instituted during the Amarna Period. She also considers how the grid system influenced the composition of scenes as a whole. Numerous line drawings with superimposed grids illustrate the text.

Title:Proportion and Style in Ancient Egyptian ArtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 1, 1994Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292770642

ISBN - 13:9780292770645

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Previous Work on the Grid and Proportions
  • 3. Methods
  • 4. Proportions in the Old and Middle Kingdoms
  • 5. Proportions in the New Kingdom
  • 6. Changes in the Amarna Period
  • 7. The Late Period and After
  • 8. Composition and the Grid
  • 9. Nonhuman Elements and the Grid
  • 10. Changing Proportions and Style
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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The painted and relief-cut walls of ancient Egyptian tombs and temples record an amazing continuity of customs and beliefs over nearly 3,000 years. Even the artistic style of the scenes seems unchanging from century to century, but this appearance is deceptive. In this pioneering work, Gay Robins offers convincing evidence, based on a study of Egyptian usage of grid systems and proportions, that innovation and stylistic variation played a significant role in ancient Egyptian art. Robins provides a comprehensive account of the squared grid systems used by ancient Egyptian artists to achieve acceptable proportions for standing, sitting, and kneeling human figures. She traces the grid system from its Old Kingdom origins as a system of guide lines through its development in the Middle Kingdom and continued employment into the Late and Ptolemaic periods. She is the first author to explore its use with female figures to reflect the actual physical differences between women and men. From this investigation, Robins offers the first chronological account of variations in t