Egyptian Art Revealed

Ref: C3747065

After the pyramids, some of the most memorable images of ancient Egypt are provided not by royal monuments, but from the art of the tombs of private (albeit elite) officials who served the pharaoh. In this course we will explore a range of tomb images from the Egyptian New Kingdom. We will discuss specific elements within these scenes, identify canonical iconography, typical Egyptian artistic techniques and discuss the purpose and symbolism of such scenes. In image-rich sessions designed to combine depth and breath we will take 'virtual tours' of a range of tombs, from those of New Kingdom Memphite officals buried in Saqqara, to officals buried in Thebes including the burials of the (senior) craftsmen of the workmen's village of Deir el-Medina. We will also have an opportunity to contrast 'orthodox' traditonal art with that of the Amarna period as we explore tomb scenes from the site of el-Amarna.

Course aim

This course will explore a curated selection of elite (but non-royal) tombs of the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss five different tomb scenes from ancient Egypt
  • Compare and contrast scenes from Amarna and non-Amarna tombs
  • Outline a scene from a tomb at Deir el-Medina
  • Contrast tomb architecture for different sites covered in the course

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Pen and paper may be handy for notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Egyptian Art Revealed


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