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Egyptian Art

Code: 100575 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2500239 Art History OB 1 2
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


Francesc Josep de Rueda Roige

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
catalan (cat)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:


Heri Abruņa Marti
Annabel Villalonga Gordaliza



There are not any prerequisites, but it is advisable to have some notions of English, French and Italian in order to be able to consult the specialised bibliography.


Objectives and Contextualisation


The aim of this subject is to provide a wide introduction to Ancient Egyptian Art.

Having finished the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Recognise, identify and characterise the most important works of art.
  2. Place them correctly in their historical and artistic context.
  3. Master the terminology and vocabulary of the course.
  4. Interpret the iconography and symbolism of the works of art.




  • Critically analysing from the acquired knowledge a work of art in its many facets: formal values, iconographic significance, artistic techniques and procedures, elaboration process and reception mechanisms.
  • Developing critical thinking and reasoning and communicating them effectively both in your own and other languages.
  • Interpreting a work of art in the context in which it was developed and relating it with other forms of cultural expression.
  • Recognising the evolution of the artistic imagery from the antiquity to the contemporary visual culture.
  • Students must be capable of applying their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional way and they should have building arguments and problem resolution skills within their area of study.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Accurately defining and explaining an artistic object with the specific language of art criticism.
  2. Analysing ideas about an artistic phenomenon in a given cultural context.
  3. Analysing the creators of an artistic phenomenon in a specific cultural context.
  4. Analysing the recipients of an artistic phenomenon in a specific cultural context.
  5. Applying the iconographic knowledge to the reading of artistic imagery.
  6. Connecting an artistic imagery with other cultural phenomena within its period.
  7. Distinguishing the elaboration techniques and processes of an artistic object.
  8. Examining an artistic imagery and distinguishing its formal, iconographic and symbolic values.
  9. Explaining the reception mechanisms of a work of art.
  10. Identifying the artistic imagery, placing it into its cultural context.
  11. Identifying the main and secondary ideas and expressing them with linguistic correctness.
  12. Reconstructing the artistic outlook of a particular cultural context.



1.  Introduction. Ancient Egyptian gender and its rendering in art. 

2.  The Predynastic Period.

3.  The Early Dynastic Period (dyns. I-II). 

4.  The Old Kingdom (dyns. III-VI). 

5.  The Middle Kingdom (second half of dyn. XI-dyn. XII). 

6.  The New Kingdom (dyns. XVIII-XX). 



Theoretical and Practical classes.

Group study, if it is required.

Occasional conferences.

Methodological and bibliographical orientation.



Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Attendance to Theoretical and Practical classes 45 1.8 3, 4, 2, 10, 5, 1, 7, 8, 9, 12, 6
Type: Supervised      
Methodological and bibliographical orientation 7 0.28 3, 4, 2, 10, 5, 1, 7, 8, 9, 12, 6
Type: Autonomous      
Complementary reading 15 0.6 3, 4, 2, 10, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 6
Personal study and preparation for exams 80 3.2




Activity 1:Exercise 1 (4 marks, 40 % from the final mark).


Activity 2: Exercise 2 (4 marks, 40 % from the final mark).


Activity 3: Activity (2 marks, 20 % from the final mark).



The final mark is the result of the addition of the marks obtained in activities 1, 2 and 3. 


If the student has only done some of the compulsory excercises (activities 1, 2 or 3) and if he/she has passed them, he/she will get a “not assessable”  when the general addition does not reach the pass or a superior mark. On the contrary, the student will get the mark that he/she has obtained. At the time of each evaluative activity, the teacher will inform the students (Moodle) of the procedure and the date of the revision of the marking.  


Only the students who have not passed and have sat for the three compulsory activities (1, 2 and 3) have the right to a reassessment – the date is set by the Facultie’s Academic Management. The maximum mark of this reassessment is 5.


In the event of a student committing any irregularity that may lead to a significant variation in the grade awarded to an assessment activity, the student will be given a zero for this activity, regardless of any disciplinary process that may take place. In the event of several irregularities in assessment activities of the same subject, the student will be given a zero as the final grade for this subject.

In the event that tests or exams cannot be taken onsite, they will be adapted to an online format made available through the UAB’s virtual tools (original weighting will be maintained). Homework, activities and class participation will be carried out through forums,wikis and/or discussion on Teams, etc. Lecturers will ensurethat students are able to access these virtual tools, or will offer them feasible alternatives. 

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Activity 20% 1 0.04 3, 8, 9
Exercise 1 40% 1 0.04 4, 5, 8, 9
Exercise 2 40% 1 0.04 3, 2, 10, 1, 7, 11, 12, 6




General - Egyptology


LLOYD, Alan (ed.), A Companion to Ancient Egypt, 2 volums, Chichester: Wiley - Blackwel, 2014 (original edition: 2010).


REDFORD, Donald (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, 3 volums, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.


SCHULZ, Regina; SEIDEL, Matthias (eds.), Egipto. El mundo de los faraones. Cologne: Könemann, 2004 (original edition in german: 2004, Königswinter: Tandem).


SHAW, Ian; NICHOLSON, Paul, Diccionario Akal del antiguo Egipto. Madrid: Akal, 2004 (original edition in english: 1995, London: British Museum).


WILKINSON, Richard, Egyptology today, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.


General – Ancient Egyptian Art


ALDRED, Cyril, Arte egipcio en el tiempo de los faraones 3100-320 a. de C, El mundo del arte 18, Barcelona: Destino, 1993 (original edition in english: 1980, London: Thames & Hudson).


ALEGRE GARCÍA, Susana, Arte en el antiguo Egipto. Claves para su interpretación. Cuenca: Alderabán, 2013.


DAVIS, Whitney Vivian, The Canonical Tradition in Ancient Egyptian Art, Cambridge - New York - Port Chester - Melbourne - Sydney: Cambridge University Press, 1989.


DONADONI, Sergio, El arte egipcio, Fundamentos 160, Madrid: Istmo, 2001 (original edition in italian: 1981, Torino: Unione Tipografica-Editrice Torinese).


ESTRADA LAZA, Fernando, Entender y amar el arte egipcio, Barcelona: Crítica, 2012.


FISCHER, Henry, L'écriture et l'art de l'Égypte ancienne, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1986.


HARTWIG, Melinda (ed.), A Companion to Ancient Egyptian Art, Chichester: Wiley - Blackwell, 2015.


LALOUETTE, Claire, L'art figuratif dans l'Égypte pharaonique. Peintures et sculptures, Champs 326, Paris: Flammarion, 1996.


LECLANT, Jean (dir.), El mundo egipcio. Los faraones. 3 volums. Madrid: Aguilar, 1978-80 (original edition in french: 1978-80, Paris: Gallimard).


MANNICHE, Lise, El arte egipcio, Alianza forma 141, Madrid: Alianza, 1997 (original edition in french: 1994, Paris: Flammarion).


MICHALOWSKI, Kazimierz, El arte del antiguo Egipto, Madrid: Akal, 1991 (original edition in french: 1968, Paris: Éditions Lucien Mazenod).


MOLINERO POLO, Miguel Ángel; SOLA ANTEQUERA, Domingo (coords.), Arte y sociedad del Egipto antiguo. Ensayos 171. Madrid: Encuentro, 2000.


ROBINS, Gay, Proportion and Style in Ancient Egyptian Art, London: Thames & Hudson, 1994.


ROBINS, Gay, The Art of Ancient Egypt, London: British Museum, 2008 (original edition: 1997).


SCHÄFER, Heinrich, Principles of Egyptian Art, Oxford: Griffith Institute, 1986 (original edition in german: 1919, Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs).


SMITH, William Stevenson, Arte y arquitectura del antiguo Egipto. Madrid: Cátedra, 2008 (original edition in english: 1958, Harmondsworth: Penguin Books).


VALDESOGO MARTÍN, María Rosa, El arte egipcio. Cómo interpretar y comprender la obra plástica del antiguo Egipto. Madrid: Dilema, 2011.


WILKINSON, Richard, Magia y símbolo en el arte egipcio, Alianza forma 148, Madrid: Alianza, 2003 (original edition in english: 1994, London: Thames & Hudson).


WILKINSON, Richard, Cómo leer el arte egipcio. Guía de jeroglíficos del antiguo Egipto, Barcelona: Crítica, 2004 (original edition in english: 1992, London: Thames & Hudson).


ZIEGLER, Christiane; BOVOT, Jean-Luc, Art et archéologie. l'Égypte ancienne, Paris: École du Louvre - Réunion des musées nationaux -La Documentation française, 2001.


Specific - Ancient Egyptian Art


ARNOLD, Dieter, The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture, London: I. B. Tauris, 2003 (original edition in german: 1994, Zuric: Artemis & Winkler).


BAINES, John, Visual and Written Culture in Ancient Egypt. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.


DAVIS, Whitney Vivian, Masking the Blow. The Scene of Representation in Late Prehistoric Egyptian Art. California Studies in the History of Art 30, Berkeley - Los Ángeles - Oxford: University of California Press, 1992.


DODSON, Aidan; IKRAM, Salima, The Tomb in Ancient Egypt. Royal and Private Sepulchres from the Early Dynastic Period to the Romans. London: Thames & Hudson, 2008.


EDWARDS, Iorwerth Eiddon Stephen, Las pirámides de Egipto, Barcelona: Crítica, 2003 (original edition in english: 1961, Harmondsworth: Penguin Books).


HAWASS, Zawi (dir.), Tesoros de las pirámides, Barcelona: Librería Universitaria, 2003 (original edition in english: 2003, Vercelli: White Star).


HAWASS, Zawi, The Lost Tombs of Thebes. London: Thames & Hudson, 2009.


HODEL-HOENES, Sigrid, Life and Death in Ancient Egypt. Scenes from Private Tombs in New Kingdom Thebes, Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2000 (original edition in german:1991, Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft).


LEHNER, Mark, Todo sobre las pirámides, Barcelona: Destino, 2003 (original edition in english: 1997, London: Thames & Hudson).


LURSON, Benoît, Lire l'image égyptienneLes "Salles du Trésor" du Grand Temple d'Abou Simbel, Paris: Geuthner, 2001.


MEKHITARIAN, Arpag, Egyptian Painting, Geneva: Skira, 1978 (ed. original: 1954).


REEVES, Nicholas; WILKINSON, Richard, Todo sobre el Valle de los Reyes, Barcelona: Destino, 1999 (original edition in english: 1996, London: Thames & Hudson).


RUSSMANN, Edna, Egyptian Sculpture: Cairo and Luxor. London: British Museum, 1989.


TEFNIN, Roland (ed.), La peinture égyptienne ancienne. Un monde de signes à préserver, Monumenta Aegyptiaca 7, City of Brussels: Fondation Égyptologique Reine Élisabeth, 1997.


VOLOKHINE, Youri, La frontalité dans l'iconographie de l'Égypte ancienne. Cahiers de la Société d'Égyptologie 6, Geneva: Société d'Égyptologie, 2000.


WEEKS, Kent (dir.), El Valle de los Reyes. Las tumbas y los templos funerarios de Tebas, Barcelona: Librería Universitaria, 2002 (original edition in english: 2001, Vercelli: White Star).


WILKINSON, Richard, Los templos del antiguo Egipto, Barcelona: Destino, 2002 (original edition in english: 2000, London: Thames & Hudson).


WILKINSON, Richard, Todos los dioses del antiguo Egipto, Madrid: Oberon, 2003 (original edition in english: 2003, London: Thames & Hudson).