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A New Dawn

Alastair Sooke concludes the story of Egyptian art by looking at how, despite political decline, the final era of Egypt's empire saw its art enjoy revival and rebirth.

Alastair Sooke concludes the epic story of Egyptian art by looking at how, despite political decline, the final era of the Egyptian Empire saw its art enjoy revival and rebirth. From the colossal statues of Rameses II that proclaimed the pharaoh's power to the final flourishes under Queen Cleopatra, Sooke discovers that the subsequent invasions by foreign rulers, from the Nubians and Alexander the Great to the Romans, produced a new hybrid art full of surprise. He also unearths a seam of astonishing satirical work, produced by ordinary men, that continues to inspire Egypt's graffiti artists today.

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    They Might Be Giants

    Man, It's So Loud In Here

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Role Contributor
Presenter Alastair Sooke
Director Tim Dunn
Producer Tim Dunn
Executive Producer Franny Moyle
Writer Alastair Sooke

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