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Amarna Art

Image Source: Images for Eternity: Egyptian Art from Berkeley and Brooklyn (Click for Info)We will soon have a special expanded art section...In the meantime, please visit our Amarna Art Gallery

Image Source: Images for Eternity: Egyptian Art from Berkeley and Brooklyn (Click for Info)Egyptian 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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