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Egyptian Art



A brief introduction into Egyptian Art

A brief introduction into Egyptian Art



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  • Most of what we know about Egyptian art comes from tombsPrince Rahotep & Wife Nofret
  • The focus was on eternal life in death and through time, granite and diorite helped ensure the art would live on for ages to come
  • Pharaoh Akhenaton radical reformer and artist, husband, loosened artistic conventions in the bust of his wife, more natural and soft. 100 year anniversary of the find, currently located in Berlin after much feuding between Egypt and Berlin regarding it’s rightful place
  • Proper housing for KA, extracted brains with a hook, removed major organs and placed in separate urns, soaked in brine 1 month, then hung to dry, stuffed and swaddled with bandages, then nested in a sarcophagus. King Tut died at 19, unimportant in death. Tomb discovered in 1922, Gold couches, throne, walls. 20 connected with the unsealing mysteriously died..”curse of the pharoah” World tour
  • Avg lifespan 35 years
  • Largest pyramid = smallest sculpture of owner, Cheops, wicked, three chambers, believed Cheops true chamber is under queen’s, boat found under pyramid, left by Cheop’s son?

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  • 3100 B.C. to 30 B.C.
  •  Egyptian art focuses on the afterlife through PYRAMIDS & TOMB PAINTINGEgyptian art remained unchanged for 3,000 years which coincides with their obsession with immortality. Their biggest concern was assuring a comfortable afterlife for their rulers who they viewed as Gods. The Egyptian period produced literature, medical science, and higher mathematics helping maintain the worlds FIRST large scale unified state.
  • The Tomb  Ka: spirit, the inhabitant Stocked with earthly delights Paintings and HIEROGLYPHICS (formal writing system) tell the story of the deceased’s life & activities Portrait statues as an alternative dwelling place incase the mummified corpse deteriorated Prince Rahotep & Wife Nofret 2610 B.C., Limestone, Cairo View slide
  • Sculptures & Paintings  Human body depicted with front view of the eye & shoulders and profile view of the head, arms and legs Size of the figure signifies rank Statues made of granite and diorite View slide
  • Queen Nefertiti  Thutmose, C 1360 B.C., Limestone
  • Mummy Art  Housing for Ka Long, detailed process Once complete the body was placed in a SARCOPHAGUS King Tutankhamen’s tomb is the only one in near original condition.
  • The Great Pyramid of Giza  2,300,000 limestone bricks 2.5 tons each Log rollers, brick ramps & wooden sledges to haul bricks 480 ft tall 4,000 construction workers 23 years completion time
  • The Great Pyramid ofGiza continued 
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