The formal, somewhat static, strangely abstract, and often blocky nature of much Egyptian imagery has, at times, led to unfavorable comparisons with later, and much more ‘naturalistic,’ Greek or Renaissance art. However, the art of the Egyptians served a vastly different purpose than that of these later cultures. If we are to understand and appreciate Egyptian art, we must view it from the standpoint of the ancient Egyptians themselves. Dr. Miano will assist us in doing just that, as he takes us on a journey back in time, providing us with the historical context for Egyptian art, highlighting its purpose and unique features, and introducing us to artists and the artistic profession in that mysterious and ancient land.
This is the first in a series of lectures on ancient art – $25 to attend
Coming soon: Greek Art, Roman Art, and Ancient Chinese Art.
David Miano earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Shadow on the Steps: Time Measurement in Ancient Israel as well as several anthologies designed for classroom use, including Pen, Stylus, and Chisel: An Ancient Egypt Sourcebook, and Ideas in the Making: A Sourcebook for World Intellectual History to 1300. Dr. Miano has taught at the University of San Diego, the University of California, San Diego, and at San Diego Mesa College. In 2009 he received the Revelle College Outstanding Faculty Award in recognition of his excellence in teaching. Dr. Miano is the founder and executive director of Schola Antiquorum, a national, non-profit academic society dedicated to the study of ancient history, and has recently joined the faculty of the Academy of Classical Arts and Humanities in Sarasota, Florida.