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Art and life in ancient Egypt
Art and life in ancient Egypt

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Summary

For many years, Egyptian art was less well known in Europe than the art of classical Greece and Rome. You have seen in this section that from the early nineteenth century, Egyptian art had a significant impact on modern art, design and popular culture. Both Egyptian art and Egyptian society have had an ambiguous status relative to the Western canon of art. Egyptian art has often been viewed through the prism of ‘Orientalism’.

You have also learnt how Egyptian art had an impact on the technical radicalism of avant-garde. Paintings from the tomb of Nebamun (c. 1350 BC) offer both a way into the study of Egyptian art and a challenge to prevailing stereotypes.

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