Egyptian Art Essay

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Seemingly static in appearance, to the untrained eye, Egyptian Art is somewhat formal and blocky, with very little to no naturalism; in opposition to ancient western art such as Greek and Roman artistic traditions. (Neer, 2012) However, Egyptian Art serves a purpose that celebrates the afterlife as well as appreciating life. Egyptian visual imagery expressed animals not in the typically assumed static and rigid form, but in naturalistic dynamism that is largely ignored in general Egyptian Art scholarship. Ancient Egyptian art endures a steady artistic tradition and despite various changes and modification in style occurred during the 3,000 years pharaohs ruled; they are recognizably Egyptian in origin. What was wholly unique was the artistic…show more content…
In fact, Egyptians had a belief that the condition of the world was perfect from its creation and because of that, style was kept consistently preserved within religious functions in order to symbolize ritual and belief. (Teeter, 1994, 14) However, in everyday objects a trend of evolving forms are present. The uniformity of Egyptian art was due to a standardized proportional system that employed guidelines and grids. (Teeter, 1994 14) In fact, in 2700 BCE, human figures were proportioned from a figures hairline to the soles of ones feet, in an 18 square grid with the foot given three squares alone. By 700 BCE and the Roman Era, the grid was modified and figures were elongated. (Teeter, 1994, 15) This slight change demonstrates the minor changes Egyptian Art took within a tradition of consistent practice. More often than not, workshops would produce items that were official representations of kings and deities that were supervised by palace officials or temples. Everyday objects also reflected royal or religious symbolism that made a presence in individual life in every way. Art would often reflect the relationship the people had with the temples and royalty as the Pharaoh’s were Gods on earth. Art itself is a reflection of a kingdoms wealth; economy, trade relations, and political standing that will be elaborated throughout the…show more content…
Artistic style and practice mirrored the social, economic, and political changes within Egypt, evidenced within pieces material, size, and iconography. Egyptian Art was not only symbolic of royalty and was static and block like in appearance, it was also dynamic that emphasized anatomy, musculature, movement, and naturalistic realism that is often associated with Western Art alone. Egypt was a country steeped in tradition, believed in the afterlife and delighted in wealth. Art was representative of all these characteristics Egypt now stands for that is often limited to its architecture. Egypt was much more than monumental structures, it was also a cultural capital that experimented with artistic practice over its three thousand year
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