Art of Ancient Egypt

139 TUTOR: Aidan Dodson (University of Bristol BA MPhil PhD)

Ancient Egyptian art is instantly recognisable. In this course, you will explore the very particular ways in which the ancient Egyptians chose to represent their world and what they called 'the other world', in painting, relief and sculpture. You will examine what is known about the ancient Egyptian artists, their materials, techniques, principles of representation, style and proportioning. From painted relief on the walls of temples and colossal statuary to informal sketches and tiny amulets, this course will explore a wealth of ancient Egyptian art and what it can tell us about religion, life and society.


1 AM
AM course

Course Notes


Session 1: The conventions and producers of art in ancient Egypt.

Session 2: The genesis of Egyptian art


Session 3: The art of the pyramid age

Session 4: The art of the Middle Kingdom


Session 5: The art of the New Kingdom (1)

Session 6: The art of the New Kingdom (2)


Session 7: The art of the New Kingdom (3)

Session 8: The art of the Third Intermediate Period



Session 9: The art of the Late Period

Session 10: The art of the Greco-Roman era


Suggested Reading:

Aldred, C. (1980) Egyptian Art in the Days of the Pharaohs, 3100-320 BC. Thames and Hudson.

Manley, B. (2017) Egyptian Art. Thames and Hudson.

Parkinson, R. (2008) The Painted Tomb-Chapel of Nebamun. British Museum Press.

Robins, G. (1986, reprinted 2008) Egyptian Painting and Relief. Shire Egyptology.

-. (1993) Proportion and Style in Ancient Egyptian Art. University of Texas Press.

-. (1997) The Art of Ancient Egypt. British Museum Press (revised 2008, Harvard University Press)

Robins, G. (2001) Egyptian Statues. Shire Egyptology.

Tooley, A.M.J. (1995) Egyptian Models and Scenes. Shire Egyptology.

Wilkinson, R.H. (1992) Reading Egyptian Art. Thames & Hudson.

-. (1994) Symbol & Magic in Egyptian Art. Thames & Hudson.


No essential equipment necessary for students to bring. Just pen and paper if they'd like to take notes.



Course Tutor

Aidan Dodson

University of Bristol BA MPhil PhD

About Aidan


Professor Aidan Dodson has taught at the University of Bristol since 1996, and is honorary full Professor of Egyptology; he was also Simpson Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo for the spring semester of 2013, and Chair of Trustees of the Egypt Exploration Society from 2011 to 2016. He studied at Durham, Liverpool and Cambridge Universities, being awarded his PhD in 1995 and has published over 25 books and 400 articles and reviews. His latest book is The Nubian Pharaohs of Egypt: their lives and afterlives (American University in Cairo Press, 2023).


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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

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9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

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9.15AM to 4.30PM