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By ANTHONY F. JANSON' 'H.W. JANSON

The main thorough, cogent, and lavishly illustrated survey of artwork within the Western culture, Janson's background of paintings has now been thoroughly redesigned and up-to-date to make it the final word visually and intellectually intriguing source for this day. Timelines; word list; bibliography; index. 1,266 illustrations, greater than 775 in complete colour.

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Akhenaten; Tutankhamen the Amun cult produced an unexpected threat to royal authority: the priests of Amun grew into a caste of such wealth and power that the pharaoh could The growth of maintain his position only with their consent. Amenhotep most remarkable figure IV, the entire sequence was enclosed by high walls of the Eighteenth Dynasty, tried to defeat that shut off the outside world. Except for the them by proclaiming designed to be experienced from within. Ordinary worshipers were confined to the courts and could but the sun disk Aten.

The transition from pre- history to the First Dynasty their There is a curious blurring of the sharp between life and death here, and perhaps that was the essential impulse behind these line mock households. C. with the overthrow of the Sixth Dynasty. This method of counting historic time conveys at once the strong Egyptian sense of continuity and the overwhelming importance of the pharaoh (king), who was not only the supreme ruler but also a god. The pharaoh transcended all other people, for his kingship was not a duty or privilege derived from a superhuman source, but was absolute, divine.

The Egyptian style of representing the human figure, then, seems to have been created specificallv for the purpose of conveying in visual form the majesty of the divine king. It must have originated among the artists working for the royal court. And it never lost its ceremonial, sacred flavor, even when, in later times, it had to serve other purposes as well. Ordinary mortals act, { Tomb of Ti. This style was soon adopted for nonroyal tombs in the Old Kingdom. The hippopotamus hunt in figure 29, from the offering chambers of the architectural overseer Ti Saqqara, at cause of is of special interest to us be- landscape setting.

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