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The Egyptian renaissance : the afterlife of ancient Egypt in early modern Italy

Author: Brian A Curran
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007.
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Fascination with ancient Egypt is a recurring theme in Western culture, and here Brian Curran uncovers its deep roots in the Italian Renaissance, which embraced not only classical art and literature but also a variety of other cultures that modern readers don't tend to associate with early modern Italy. Patrons, artists, and spectators of the period were particularly drawn, Curran shows, to Egyptian antiquity and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Curran, Brian A. (Brian Anthony), 1953-
Egyptian renaissance.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608212567
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brian A Curran
ISBN: 9780226128931 0226128938
OCLC Number: 70698945
Description: xiv, 431 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: The memory of Egypt --
Egyptian monuments from antiquity to the Middle Ages --
Humanists and hieroglyphs --
Egyptian monuments for Renaissance princes --
Sacred writings : Hermes Trismegistus and hieroglyphic epigraphy --
Egyptian ancestors : Alexander VI, Pinturicchio, and Annius of Viterbo --
Egypt in Venice : Francesco Colonna and Gentile Bellini --
Cleopatra and the second Julius : Egypt and the dream of empire in High Renaissance Rome --
Egyptian lives (and afterlives) in the Rome of the Medici popes --
Hieroglyphic studies in the High Renaissance --
The scepter of Osiris : Egyptian mysteries in the Missal of Cardinal Pompeo Colonna --
Conclusion : The Egyptian in the mirror.
Responsibility: Brian Curran.
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