Monday, March 15, 2010

Aspects of Egyptian Art

There are certain elements that make the art of ancient Egypt unique. The Egyptians held as their number one goal to reflect order. Since the environment of Egypt is unpredictable, and the life of an ancient Egyptian was very dangerous, they wanted their culture to show the ability to control nature.

When you look at a piece of Egyptian artwork, analyze the following aspects:
A. Style (Body positions, clothes, jewelry, etc.)
B. Theme (What is the picture showing)
C. Symbols (Including hieroglyphics)
D. Characters (Gods, pharaohs, regular people)
E. Purpose (Why was this art made)
F. Message (What is the image trying to make you think?)

1. In this relief carving, the pharaoh Ramses II (aka Ramses the Great) smites his enemies.

2. The Narmer Palette is a decorative makeup case that is more for artistic purposes than for makeup.

2. This sketch shows more clearly the images of the Narmer Palette, one of the most important art pieces in all of Egyptian history.

3. This image shows an Egyptian farmer plowing his field.

4. One of the most famous images of the afterlife.

5. An important statue from the Museum of Fine Arts shows King Menkaure (builder of the third Great Pyramid at Giza) and his queen.

6. Tomb painting showing a dead pharaoh in the company of two important gods.

7. This image shows the god Thoth steering a boat passenger across the Nile. Notice the circles symbolizing the sun disc.

8. King Tutankhamun's death mask made of gold and precious stones.

37 comments:

  1. Hey Mr.Guerriero!
    On all the pictures they have the unrealistic posture except number 3. The farmers shouders are also profile. Why is it different?
    C ya!
    -Sammy (D.)

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  2. This art is very detailed and intricate. I like number 8 because it's basic, and has only a few colors but it looks like there was a lot of effort put into it.
    - Jenna

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  3. The tomb art is awesome!!!!!! They were sooooo artistic!!
    Madison and Jacqueline

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  4. Hi! The one of the weighing of the heart is really helpful, because me and the other Julia (Julia F.) are making a scale for the mummification of a fish, and we're going to weigh a (fake) fish heart with a (possibly fake) feather.

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  5. Really cool and interesting

    Murph

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  6. I was wondering who Thoth was in the Thoth image; is she/he one of the people or is she/he the huge bird?

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  7. WOW!! King Tut's death mask is spectacular!!

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  8. picture 3)
    I knew that in this piece of tomb art the bird was a "ka" or a soul

    picture 8)
    Everybody (even men) wore make up(eye khol). They wanted to make themselves look as good as possible.

    Claudia!!!

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  9. King Tutankhamun's (Tut) death mask looks so kewl with all the gold and jewels!!!!

    -Ryan M.

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  10. Sam A, Beast of the YearMarch 15, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    In #4, Anubis is weighing a dead person's heart against the Feather of Truth to see if they can pass on to the afterlife.

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  11. Henry, The art is very detailed and well preserved for it being made such a long time ago.

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  12. It is very interesting to see what the Egyptians wore in their afterlife. There is a lot of gold and stoned for just one face mask. Chloe :)

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  13. Hey Mr. Guerriero,
    I noticed that on King Tutankhamun's mask his eyes were outlined so much that it almost looked like an eye of horus. Is there a reason they would do this?
    --Sammy (F.)

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  14. Awesome pics!! I noticed Thoth, god of magic to the right of the scale on picture 4. :)

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  15. I thought that picture #3 showed a very good example of what farming was like in the Ancient Egyptian days. the man (farmer) in the photo is bent over, showing that he is of less importance. The pharaoh would never be shown hunched, he was always upright in a leader's position. There is also a line dividing the photo into two parts. This is called a register.

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  16. I liked the picture about Anubis and his pet because you get to see what it looks like!!!!!!!!!! lolz pce

    Shaira Medina
    I <3 neon

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  17. I like the pic with Anubis and his "pet" because you get to see what it looks like!!!!!!!!!!!! lolz pce
    Shaira Medina
    I <3 neon

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  18. I like number six because it had my favorite god (Anubis) god that weighs the heart. Yulia K.

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  19. I liked the picture showing Anubis weighing a pharoah's heart against the feather of truth. I think that it is really cool and interesting. -Megan

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  20. WOW!!! I cant believe how perfect King Tut's mask is. The gold is shiny and it like reflects like a mirror. It is so precise, the stripes, the earing hole, the nose and mouth, and the serpent on his head. Thanks.
    - Michael

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  21. I liked the pic with Anubis and his "pet" because you see what it looked like

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  22. I like the guy with the cow-like creature.


    Jake

    P.S. Hi Mr. Guerriero

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  23. Dan Shapiro- I like the picture of king Menkaure, Horus and Anubis

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  24. Number 8--Sometimes the beard on Tutankhamun's death mask is blue sometimes it's gold, which one is it? (I'm pretty sure it's blue).

    ~Adam

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  25. I think this picture is very powerful because its made of all gold and it shows that King Tut was a very powerful and upperclass man!

    Alicia

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  26. i noticed that in the 6th the falcon head has the double crown


    KE

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  27. the art gives you a lot of information on how they live, what they do, how they make their food. Also all of the faces have makeup and all of the faces look almost the same with the eye lines. I also wonder why men wore eyeliner?

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  28. In picture number 1, Ramses The Great is much larger than his enemies and the other people in the painting.

    -Ryan C.

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  29. Interesting how the Egiptians really showed their respect to the Gods, and their art really gets some kind of message to you. It may not be very clear the message, but it gets something to you.

    Thanks Mr. Guerriero!

    Ander

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  30. I think all the art was fantastic and really awesome. It looks like it took a lot of effort to make these art pieces. I wonder why they have all these cool symbols for heads?

    Joseph Sadok

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  31. I liked picture number three the most because it showed a daily farmers life in the registers
    - Julia Head

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  32. I Loved the mask for King Tut because it helps me imagin how much time and gold went into making his very detailed mask. Also it's pretty and im distracted by shiny object's and it's the first one of the paintings that caught my eye.
    - Naomi Williams
    P.S. was this our HW? Because im sort of clueless right now. BI! LOL <3

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  33. I like picture 4 because it shows how they weighed the heart and feather, and i like picture 1 because it shows who has more power.

    - Melina G.

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  34. I liked the pictures, they show a lot of hard work and effort. I was wondering some articles say nobody has found king tuts tomb and some say people have, which is true? post more pictures!!

    -Jill

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  35. I think it's funny that they all wore makeup, even men, because they all had to look great!Hannah

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  36. It's funny how even men wore makeup! Hannah

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  37. Hi...
    For the homework is it okay if we use tables for questions #1,2,and 3???
    I think that u said it was okay but i can't remember....
    Thanks!!!!

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