Egyptomania : the Egyptian revival, a recurring theme in the history of taste
- James Stevens Curl.
- Manchester [England] ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA and Canada by St. Martin's Press, c1994.
- Physical description
- xxii, 298 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
- Curl, James Stevens, 1937-
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -271) and index.
- Introduction: the argument.
- Part 1 The idea of Egypt in the European mind: the Isiac religion-- the absorption of Egyptian religion into the Graeco-Roman world-- some manifestations of Egyptianisms in Western art and architecture in the Roman empire.
- Part 2 Some manifestations of Egyptianisms from the end of the Roman empire to the early-Renaissance period: the transformation of Isis-- the survival of Egyptian and Egyptianising artefacts-- the proto-revival.
- Part 3 Further manifestations with Egyptian connotations in Europe from the Renaissance to the beginning of the 17th century: the "Mensa Isiaca"-- records and drawings-- Egyptianisms in design-- the hermetic tradition-- some architectural manifestations of Egyptiana-- travellers and speculators.
- Part 4 Egyptian elements in 17th and 18th century Europe to the time of Piranesi: Bernini-- the French connection-- explorers of the 18th century-- further Baroque themes-- the search for stereometrical purity-- the individual contribution of Giovanni Battista Piranesi.
- Part 5 The Egyptian revival from the time of Piranesi until the Napoleonic campaigns in Egypt: the tomb and Egyptianising forms-- Egyptianisms in design before the impact of Denon and the description-- the invasion.
- Part 6 The Egyptian revival after the Napoleonic campaigns in Egypt: Denon-- Thomas Hope and the neoclassical use of Egyptianisms-- the description and the glorification of Napoleon-- freemasonry-- furniture design, and other Egyptianising manifestations.
- Part 7 Applications of the Egyptian style: stage-designs and Mozart-- the commercial picturesque and the adoption of Egyptian forms-- other Egyptianising designs.
- Part 8 The Egyptian revival in funerary architecture: the new cemeteries-- Pugin-- commemorative Egyptianisms.
- Part 9 Aspects of the Egyptian revival in the later part of the 19th century: travellers and scholars-- the Egyptian revival in the hands of serious Egyptologists-- the individual contribution of Alexander "Greek" Thomson-- the Victorian vision of Egypt-- eclecticism and design.
- Part 10 The Egyptian revival in the 20th century: Egyptianising architecture from
- 1900 to 1922-- Tutankhamun and art Deco-- later developments.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
This study analyzes the influences of ancient Egypt on the art, architecture and design of Europe. It begins with a consideration of the ancient civilization of the Nile Valley and demonstrates the widespread adoption of Egyptian deities and motifs in the Greco-Roman world. It goes on to describe the enormous range of "Egyptianizing" objects that were made in the lands of the Roman Empire and which constitute the first manifestations of the Egyptian revival. It continues with the survival of these themes during the Dark and Middle Ages, and the influential rediscovery of both Ancient Egyptian and Egyptianizing Roman works during the Renaissance. The book shows that this influence of Ancient Egypt continued through to the late 18th century, after the Napoleonic campaigns in Egypt. The 20th-century discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun led to a major revival associated with the movement known as "Art Deco". The Egyptian revival is still with us, argues the author, but now usually features as a component of postmodern design.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- 0719041279 (pbk.)
- 9780719041273 (pbk.)
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