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NEW KINGDOM ART IN ANCIENT EGYPT - Cyril Aldred

Hard cover. Cloth binding.

Condition fair. Spots of wear on the exterior. Interior in fine condition. A few underlines and notes on text made by pen but the text is still readable.

Richly illustrated.

English language.

Book detailing the history of arts in ancient Egypt.

NEW KINGDOM ART IN ANCIENT EGYPT

DURING THE EIGHTEENTH DYNASTY

1570 TO 1320 B.C.

Author: CYRIL ALDRED

Publisher: ALEC TIRANTI LTD

Publication date: 1961

SECOND EDITION REVISED & ENLARGED

PRINTED IN BRITAIN

Pages: 94 + 175 plates of photographs with descriptive notes.

Dimensions: 18,5 x 12,5 cm

CONTENTS:

  • FOREWORD
  • MAP
  • INTRODUCTION
  • THE FORMS OF ART DURING THE XVIIIth DYNASTY
  • THE RISE OF THE DYNASTIC STYLE
  • THE APOGEE OF THE DYNASTIC STYLE
  • THE AMARNA INTERLUDE - THE REVOLUTIONARY PHASE
  • THE AMARNA INTERLUDE - THE LATER PHASE
  • THE AMARNA INTERLUDE - THE AFTERMATH AND THE REACTION
  • POSTSCRIPT
  • AN OUTLINE OF THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE XVIIIth DYNASTY
  • SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING
  • DESCRIPTIVE NOTES TO THE PLATES

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Cyril Aldred (19 February 1914 – 23 June 1991) was an English Egyptologist, art historian and author. 

Aldred was appointed the Hon. Editor of the Scottish Anthropological and Folklore Society's Proceedings in 1938. He edited Volumes 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 4.1 of the journal, from 1938 until 1949.

In 1949, Aldred's book Old Kingdom Art in Ancient Egypt was published and was followed by volumes on the middle and new kingdoms in 1950 and 1952. These publications established his career as an Egyptologist and art historian. He also contributed essays on Egyptian woodwork and furniture as a part of the Oxford History of Technology in 1954 and 1956. In 1955, he worked as an associate curator for a year in the department of Egyptian art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, with the curator, William C. Hayes. During his time at the Met, Aldred used his artistic eye to dramatically improve the presentation of the exhibitions and helped identify and catalogue a number of previously overlooked artifacts in storage. In 1956, Aldred returned to the Royal Scottish Museum to enhance the Egyptology team and in 1961 he was promoted to keeper of art and archaeology, a post which he held until his retirement in 1974. During his time at the RSM, he not only gave lectures but also made significant purchases and helped the museum vastly improve not only the Egyptology displays but also the West African and South Sea's sections.

Aldred's book Akhenaten, Pharaoh of Egypt - a new study, was published in 1968. Jewels of the Pharaohs appeared in 1971, published by Thames and Hudson. His most significant art-historical writing of the period was the catalogue he wrote for the Brooklyn Museum exhibition, "Akhenaten and Nefertiti" in 1973.

Aldred retired in 1974, but his writing continued. Beginning in 1978, Aldred wrote studies for the French "L'univers des formes" surveys of Egyptian art (other volumes appearing in 1979 and 1980). In 1980, Aldred published Egyptian Art, although another intended book on Egyptian sculpture was never published. The Times Educational Supplement wrote of Egyptian Art, "His eloquent ability to weave facts, insights and interpretations into a compulsively readable account sets his book far above the clogged texts that too often pass for art history". In 1988, he enlarged his 1968 text in Akhenaten, King of Egypt with later findings.

He died peacefully at his home in Edinburgh in 1991 but is remembered as one of the leading characters in improving archaeology in Scotland at the Burrell Collection in Glasgow.

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