This volume offers the key to an enriched understanding of Egyptian art. Isabelle Franco provides detailed analysis of a selection of paintings from the pre-dynastic period to the time of the Romans. In a fascinating study, she explores the rift between commonly held Western perceptions of Egyptian art and the proven utilitarian role of art in ancient Egypt. The work is organized chronologically to examine nine periods in Egyptian history; every chapter presents two or three carefully selected works and discusses the technical and symbolic aspects of each. The book provides a thorough understanding of each object studied by placing it in its original artistic context. To this end, each chapter concludes with a short summary that discusses the art in a broader historical perspective.