I am needing help with this please! I am really confused. Compare the pre-unification Theban style to that of the
block statue style that began in the early Twelfth Dynasty. Where do we see the most notable
difference? (Look at faces, heads,
shoulders, arms, and legs, body size.)
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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
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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Jul 19th, 2015
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