Art History

Topics: Ra, Sekhmet, Hathor Pages: 2 (630 words) Published: April 22, 2013
Compare and Contrast Essay
Ancient Egyptian and Ancient Aegean art are both great influences to what we call art today. Egyptian art emphasized engravings, sculptures and paintings while Aegean art emphasized sculptures, paintings and decorations. One piece I chose to compare and contrast from the Egyptian art was Sekhmet. Another piece I chose to compare and contrast from the Aegean art period is the Snake Goddess. These two beautiful artworks are alike and similar in many ways. The Snake Goddess and Sekhmet are alike because they are both sculptures that show signs of power. The Snake Goddess is a sign of power because she has a form-fitting outfit that exposed her breasts and a flounced skirt with many layers that covered her feet. She is holding two snakes tightly in each arm. Some researchers claimed that Minoans worshipped the Snake Goddess as “Mother Goddess”. In Aegean culture they believed snakes were good and that they showed a sign of water. This also indicated fertility, health and wealth. She also had a panther on top of her head, which shows that she is in touch with nature and that was a sign of power as well. Not only is she in touch with nature but her elaborate headdress and extravagant outfit shows wealth. Sekhmet also shows many signs of power. Her name is derived from the Egyptian word "Sekhem" (which means "power" or "might") and is often translated as the “Powerful One” This ancient Egyptian goddess Sekhmet is known as the Eye of Ra. She is the power that protects the good and gets rid of the wicked. Sekhmet is the wrathful form of Hathor who is the Goddess of joy, music, dance, sexual love, pregnancy and birth. She is also Goddess of the sun and one of her powers is intense blinding heat. Her weapons were arrows, which were supposed to pierce hearts. Also Sekhmet would get a fiery glow from her body when she got upset and hot desert winds came from her breath. She was also a goddess of healing. When people became ill, she was capable...
Continue Reading

Please join StudyMode to read the full document

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Meaning of Art: Dependent on the Maker's Intent Essay
  • Standards and Perceptions of Male Bearty Throughout History Essay
  • Art Identification
  • Wolfflin's Principles: Five Contrary Percepts between Renaissance and Baroque Art Research Paper
  • Why Art History Is Important Essay
  • Essay on Feminism and Art
  • Semiotics in Art History Essay
  • Compare and Contrast Art History Research Essay

Become a StudyMode Member

Sign Up - It's Free