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art has always been very stylised: for instance, sculpted
men always held their arms in one of several prescribed ways.
Amarna art adopted more realism, which seems to have progressed
to the realms of charicature in the case of protraits of the Pharaoh.
It has been suggested that Akhenaten had some sort of illness
which affected the shape of his body, but this appearance is certainly
partly a result of the new freedom to express volume and shape.
While new themes appeared, some old artistic styles remained.
Images of family and daily life began to dominate scenes; Akhenaten
was often seen with his family, his daughters playing around him.
In fact, the Pharaoh and his queen were frequently seen naked
or near-naked, which was unprecedented in its time. The Amarna
style survived, to some degree, even while the name of the Pharaoh
was being stripped from monuments after his reign.
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