ART OF EMPIRE


ART OF EMPIRE

EDITED BY MICHAEL JONES    Book Number: 88480    Product format: Hardback

Sub-Titled 'The Roman Frescoes and Imperial Cult Chamber In Luxor Temple', the Temple of Amun-Re was built to commemorate the divine power of the pharaohs. It is one of the iconic monuments of New Kingdom Egypt. In the 4th century CE, the Roman Imperial Government, capitalising on the site's earlier significance, converted the Temple into a military camp, and constructed a lavishly painted cult chamber dedicated to the four emperors of the Tetrarchy. These frescoes provided fascinating insight into the political landscape of the late Roman Empire, and, as the only surviving wall paintings from the period, into the history of Roman art. Focussing on their architectural, archaeological and historical context, the book showcases over 150 stunning illustrations presenting the paintings for the first time in their newly conserved state, along with a selection of 19th century documentary watercolours. It includes the work of several scholars whose conservation and training has helped document, conserve and preserve Egypt's priceless cultural heritage. See the stunning colourful geometric borders, figurative images, many in togas, details of their footwear and elaborate clothing, the rapt faces of the Emperor's adoring subjects, porphyry statues, the Red Monastery Church Sohag with its wall paintings and details of the East Wall with overlapping feet of soldiers and horses in procession, and the South Wall, viewed from an oblique angle illustrating the illusionism of the crowd scene and the naturalism of the figures' facial features. Archive and modern photographs in colour, maps and diagrams. 228 huge heavyweight glossy pages in this Yale University Press and American Research Center 2015 first edition. 150 illus including a selection of 19th century documentary watercolours, this is an award-winning book of unquestionable importance. 240pp, 31 x 26cm.
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ISBN 9780300169126
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