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Understanding Egyptian art lies in appreciating what it was created for. Ancient Egyptian art must be viewed from the standpoint of the ancient Egyptians not from our viewpoint.
The somewhat static, usually formal, strangely abstract, and often blocky nature of much of Egyptian imagery has, at times, led to unfavourable comparisons with later, and much more ‘naturalistic,’ Greek or Renaissance art. However, the art of the Egyptians served a vastly different purpose than that of these later cultures
Rules were also applied to the poses and gestures of the figures to reflect the meaning of what the person was doing. An ancient Egyptian artist would depict a figure in an act of worship with both arms extended forward with hands upraised.
They did not attempt to replicate the real world but did achieve a realistic dialogue between the three dimension world and their paintings by the use of position and grouping to represent depth so the background is shown above the figure the foreground below or to one side.
Most formal statues show a
prescribed frontality, meaning they are arranged to look straight ahead, because
they were designed to face the ritual being performed before them or the type of a person they were in the society
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