The Vatican Frescoes

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A complete handbook revealing the secrets of the hieroglyphic writing of the Nile Valley, which provides a still-vivid snapshot of the gods, the people, and the everyday life of the Ancient Egyptians. Both literal and highly lyrical, hieroglyphics bring alive a distant world, with descriptions of the natural environment, the art, the society, the religious beliefs, and even the philosophical basis of a culture that flourished 5,000 years ago. Presenting and explaining almost 600 of the figures used in the classic phase of Egypt's "sacred writing," this fascinating volume traces the origins and the meaning of each sign, as well as its graphic stylization. An opening essay reveals the secrets of the hieroglyphic system, including its development and its structural characteristics, and emphasizes the sacred, evocative, even magical power of the form, which-unlike our own abstract alphabet-is immediate and expressive. Concluding the book are a complete glossary, a bibliography, and an index, designed to make this book invaluable to the casual reader as well as the student and specialist. AUTHOR Maria Carmelo Betrò, Egyptologist and Professor at the University of Pisa, Italy, is the author of many works on hieroglyphic and demotic texts. ILLUSTRATIONS 160 b/w photos *
Publisher: New York : Abbeville Press, c1996
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780789202321
Branch Call Number: 759.5 Michelan De Vecch
759.5 Michelan De Vecch
Characteristics: 271 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 34 cm
Additional Contributors: Colalucci, Gianluigi


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Jun 23, 2019

Born (1475) in Tuscany, Italy - Michelangelo is not only unanimously regarded as being the greatest artist of the Renaissance period - But, he is also considered to be the greatest artist of all time.

Michelangelo was an enigmatic individual and a giant artistic force who must've been a literal workaholic judging by the overall scope of his output.

This glossy volume is an informative pictorial presentation looking at both the life and career of the all-time reigning master, Michelangelo.

*Note* - In 1564 - Michelangelo (89 at the time) died of serious illness.

Feb 17, 2016

My rating is for the Michelangelo book, not the hieroglyphics book.


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