October 21, 2012
Egyptian Art and Sculptures
Ancient Egyptian art is the painting, sculpture, architecture and other arts produced by the civilization in the lower Nile Valley from 5000 BC to 300 AD. Ancient Egyptian Art reached a level in painting and sculpting that was highly stylistic and symbolic. A lot of the art that was discovered and saved came from tombs and monuments therefore there is an extreme emphasis on life after death and an emphasis on preserving the knowledge of the past. The use of colors and animals were strong in Egyptian sculptures. Ancient Egyptian art forms are characterized by detailed depiction of Gods, human beings, heroic battles, and nature. These characteristics were used and intended to give peace to the dead in the afterlife. Most sculptures were about either humanity or divinity.
The sculpture I chose to focus on is Pharaoh Mycerinus and Queen Khamerernebty. This sculpture represents the royal couple Pharaoh and his wife which was carved of stone. It demonstrates the conventions of the standing figure and this sculpture is believed to be the first double statue of its kind. This statue showed how the Pharaoh was supported by his wife. “Certain features seen here are characteristics of all Egyptian standing figures: the formality, frontally, the erect stance with the left foot forward and the arms rigidly against the body, and the sense of vigor and dignity.” (Arts and Culture, pg. 24) In Egyptian sculptures typically shows no suggest any movement or emotion. Their must be no facial expression. Their must be large heads and round plump faces and eyes must gaze straight forward. In this statue of Pharaoh and his wife they are looking straight forward and their faces are emotionless. “The Pharaohs are represented usually standing. The left food must be advance. They are also depicted as they seat. When they seat, the statue must be seated on cubic block. The block represents the throne and...
1.Benton, Janetta & DiYanni, Robert. “Arts and Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities.” Prentice Hall. Pgs. 9 and 24. 2012
Maguire, Maryanne. “The Characteristics of Egyptian Statues”
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