Mini-Lecture 2 Art of Egypt

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If you have not read the chapter on Egyptian art, do so before you read this. For each chapter I will give a very brief outline of the central ideas, and key artworks found in the chapter. Egyptian art continues to capture our imagination, and has been before us ever since the English discovered the great tombs of ancient Kings. Egyptian art goes from about 3000 BC to about 650 BC. There are a few key works that I want you to pay attention to: Palette of King Narmer/ See Text This is an excellent example of Old Kingdom art. Smaller palettes were used to mix make-up to protect the eyes from the sun. This one is a larger version which honors the Pharoah Narmer in his unification of upper and lower Egypt. Everything is very rigid and formal. The King probably didn't take part in the battle, and many of the beasts portrayed are mythical. There are strict rules that the artist must follow in representing the holy ruler. One of these rules is termed the rule of frontality. People may be viewed only from the front or side.
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