By ANTHONY F. JANSON' 'H.W. JANSON
The main thorough, cogent, and lavishly illustrated survey of paintings within the Western culture, Janson's historical past of paintings has now been thoroughly redesigned and up to date to make it the final word visually and intellectually intriguing source for this present day. Timelines; word list; bibliography; index. 1,266 illustrations, greater than 775 in complete colour.
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Tomb of Ti, Saqqara (compare 30), fig. if His pose and he beis that tivities for the spirit of the deceased to watch vear in and year out. For the artist, on the statues other hand, these scenes offered a welcome and he towers above the opportunity to widen his powers of observa- of the funerary portrait other men, since he is reliefs more important than tion, so that in details we often find astound- ing bits of realism. they. His size also the hunt— he but simply lifts him out of the context of neither directs nor supervises His observes.
Quality of the In fact, the image would seem frozen especially ART FOR THE DEAD: EGYPT 44 suited to the divine nature of the pharaoh. 7*9 he simplv is. 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.
The cere- monies they served usually had elements of from the uninitiated, especially if the performers themselves formed a secret society. This emphasis on the mysterious and spectacular not only heightened the dramatic impact of the ritual, but also permitted the makers of masks secrecy that were jealously guarded to strive for imaginative masks new effects, so that in general are less subject to traditional restrictions than other kinds of ethnographic ident as we turn to the fluid, ghostly features of the mask from the Gazelle Peninsula on the island of New made of bark Britain in the South Pacific cloth over a meant bamboo frame an animal be a crocodile, and was worn in nocturnal ceremonies by dancers carrying (fig.
A Basic History of Art by ANTHONY F. JANSON' 'H.W. JANSON