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For nearly 96 years, Cairo-born Margo Veillon - one of Egypt's best known and best loved artists - painted and drew Egypt, from north to south, from countryside to city (as well as other parts of the world).
This Margo Veillon collection - bequeathed to the American University in Cairo - shows how she was not only an interpreter of movement and energy, but also a chronicler of rural Egyptian life - a life that is fast disappearing under pressure of modern urbanization.
As a witness to a century of enormous change in Egypt, she produced a huge, rich, and varied body of work in a variety of media. Although Margo lived part of her life in Europe, it was clearly Egypt that held her imagination through all those long years of artistic innovation. She was equally able to capture and depict the energy of a brief moment (wheat thrown into the air to separate the chaff - the stoic bride in a wedding procession - a horse dancing in a tent at a mulid), the constantly changing play of light on the desert stones and sands or the less tangible spirit of place (as in her remarkable series of Global Perspectives).
The Egyptian countryside captured over several decades, as paintings, sketches and photographs. Margot Veillon captures the colour, vitality, toil and dignity of life on the land, and records the women's chores, the floodwaters, the irrigation of the fields and the wheat harvest.
Margo Veillon recorded, in her wonderful artworks, the ancient land of Nubia just before it sank forever following the construction of the Aswan High Dam.
Her diaries, notes, and pictures reveal her fascination with the vibrancy, color, and movement of the life of ordinary people in Nubia since the 1930s, making long visits there to capture the vanishing lifestyle in her art.
David Roberts abandoned his native Scotland to make long tours of Egypt and the Near East, from 1838, sketching as he went, after J.M.W. Turner persuaded him to abandon 'scene painting' and devote himself to becoming a true artist. It was a good move - Roberts' reputation is now as a prominent Orientalist painter, based largely upon the the prolific series of detailed prints he later made from the sketches, and his large oil paintings of similar subjects.
David Roberts was elected as a Royal Academician in 1841.
David Roberts set sail for Egypt with the plan to make a huge store of drawings and watercolour sketches as the basis for oil paintings and lithographs (to be produced after he returned home). He believed the subjects would highly saleable, as hardly been any British artists had yet painted the scenery or monuments of Egypt or the Holy Land - despite the ongoing vogue for all things Egyptian. His long tour embraced Egypt, Nubia, the Sinai, the Holy Land, Jordan and Lebanon.
Back in Britain, Roberts spent seven years working with lithographer Louis Haghe to produce the lavishly illustrated plates of the Sketches in the Holy Land and Syria, 1842-1849 and the Egypt & Nubia series. His excellent commercial sense led him to fund the printing through advance subscriptions - which he solicited in person, highly successfully.
The great Scottish painter David Roberts was brought up on Bible stories and tales of the exotic Orient. He dreamed of exploring the 'Holy Land' and bringing to the people back home a set of clear, accurate pictures of the fascinating landscape and people who lived there.
After an arduous trip he achieved his goal - and was thrilled with the resulting paintings.
The pictures are almost as revealing to us today as they were to Roberts' contemporaries; here we have sixty four images of a byegone age, together with six lively essays: a beautiful portfolio.
Quality reproduction of some wonderful lithographs by the great Scottish painter David Roberts. This collection was the result of his time in Egypt, Nubia, and the Holy Land, travelling along the Nile Valley and through the Sinai Peninsula. Full colour, on semi-matte, 170-gram paper
Between 1842 and 1849, on the basis of sketches made on the spot in Egypt and aided by his excellent memory, the Scottish painter David Roberts produced the drawings which Louis Haghe printed.
They are still popular and are still being collected into new portfolios.
A portfolio of nineteenth-century lithographs of Egypt's great river, suitable for framing.
Ten of Roberts' beautiful views of the Nile, reproduced on high-quality paper suitable for framing. These fine detailed artworks depict scenes of life on and around the Nile and its banks with photographic accuracy.
Two portfolios of fine art prints published, on high-quality paper and suitable for framing, by The American University in Cairo Press. The high quality reproduction accurately portrays the architectural details of David Roberts' lithographs.
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by Ruthie Knapp and Janice Lehmberg, 5 stars, Ages 9-12
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Explorers and Artists in the Valley of the Kings presents some of the wealth of etchings, sketches, and watercolors that were produced by European travelers to western Thebes between about 1740 and 1860 and tells the story of Europe's rediscovery of the ancient civilization of Egypt.
by Cyril Aldred, Thames & Hudson Ltd (Paperback, Sep 1980)
Authoritative and splendidly illustrated book (black and white and colour) covering almost 3000 years of Egyptian art and architecture, particularly the painting and sculpture of the Ancient Egyptians.
Perhaps the popularity of faience in ancient Egypt was due to the radiance and brilliance of the material - to the Egyptians a perfect metaphor for life, death and rebirth. This book analyzes the symbolic values and meanings of ancient Egyptian faience - a luxury material - with illustrations of nearly 200 pieces (drawn from public and private collections in Europe and America). We sees how ancient Egyptian was produced - and what they made with it: faience dolls, mummy masks, amulets, chalices, bowls, inkwells, jewelry, tiles and inlays for furniture - even baby feeders docorated to magically protect mother and child. .
by R.O. Faulkner (Paperback - 1 Sep 1994)
by Zahi A. Hawass and Sandro Vannini, Thames & Hudson Ltd (2006)
The first book to reproduce - in full - the wall paintings and murals of the royal tombs in "The Valley of the Kings" - one folding out from five full pages. The book is interestingly structured so that the illustrations follow the story of 'the journey of the dead', rather than the more us
The ancient Egyptians, who were acutely aware of the natural behaviour of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians, and insects. This new study reveals how their artists found ingenious ways to portray this behaviour within the constraints of their idiosyncratic artistic conventions.
Sarite Sanders has created a beautifully graphic view of Egypt's awe inspiring ancient architecture. The freshness - almost austerity - of her black-and-white photographs in 'The Eternal Light Of Egypt' - more than a hundred of them - inspires the viewer to see the familiar sights with a fresh eye.
by Giorgio Agnese, Maurizio Re (White Star Publishers)
A helpful chronology and an introduction to the various gods and to the explorers who sought their tombs makes a useful start to this information packed reference book. Gloriously brimming with close-up photographs of the statuary, stelae, sarcophagi, wall paintings, reliefs, artifacts, and monuments, this book details the major discoveries across Egypt from Alexandria to the Monastery of St. Catherine and from the pyramids of Giza to Abu Simbel.
White Star publishers have established a well-deserved reputation for large books (10.5 x 14.5 inches) full of some of the best photographs of ancient Egypt seen in print.
All the major archaeological sites of Egypt and Sudan. A unique, and extremely useful, feature is the separate entry allocated to every king of Egypt, from its birth as a state to Alexander the Great - from Abgig to Zoser. This 'World of Art' book has wide appeal - for tourists, armchair travellers and serious scholars.
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by Ruthie Knapp and Janice Lehmberg, 5 stars, Ages 9-12
Stories, games and secrets of the art world to entertain the whole family as you walk round museums. Fun facts and colourful examples make sure young readers take the trouble to actually see what they're looking at! Any book which can make your children laugh - and make them 'wonder why' - must be a winner!
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