Can’t make it downtown to catch the Art Institute of Chicago’s current exhibit: Life and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt? Check out your Bensenville Library’s beautifully illustrated tomes on the Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt!
About the exhibit: Experience over 3,000 years of arts from ancient Egypt in a dynamic new gallery. The transformed space explores aspects of life and the afterlife in the Nile Valley with the first new installation of works from the museum’s historic collection of ancient Egyptian art in a quarter-century. Striking artifacts—displayed along one wall of the gallery in a series of innovative cases that promote viewing from multiple vantage points—provide insight into the beliefs and practices of this illustrious North African culture.
Ancient Egypt: An Illustrated Reference to the Myths, Religions, Pyramids and Temples of the Land of the Pharaohs
by Lorna Oakes
This beautiful volume is a fascinating guide to the myths, religions, pyramids, temples, and more that make up the allure of ancient Egypt. Readers will gain a unique understanding of this captivating culture through breathtaking, full-color illustrations, in-depth text, detailed maps, and comprehensive chronologies.
The Art of Ancient Egypt
by Gay Robins
From the awesome grandeur of the Great Pyramids to the delicacy of a face etched on an amulet, the spellbinding power of ancient Egyptian art persists to this day. Spanning three thousand years, this beautifully illustrated history offers a thorough and delightfully readable introduction to the artwork.
The Pharaohs: Master-Builders
by Henri Stierlin
This is a popular account of Egyptian architecture which discusses building techniques and technologies before examining the great monuments of Egypt in roughly chronological succession, ending with the temples at Philae. Very attractively illustrated in colour, this remains a serious book which juxtaposes glossy (and some unusual) photos with temple plans and other pictorial sources for reconstructing the architects and builders lives.
Tutankhamun: the Golden King and the Great Pharaohs
by Zahi Hawass
Mysterious boy king Tutankhamun returns to the U.S. in 2008, bringing rare treasures never before seen outside Egypt. For the millions of fans wanting a keepsake and chronicle of this magnificent new exhibition, this book will delight. Created by world-renowned art historians under the guidance of Zahi Hawass–director of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities and a well-known media personality–it surveys 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian history by focusing on the lives and lifestyles of great pharaohs.