Egyptian Art

Stuyvesant High School: Art Appreciation Ancient Egyptian art styles, symbols, and important works.

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Egyptian Art by Mind Map: Egyptian Art

1. Symbols

1.1. Ankh

1.1.1. Symbol of Life

1.1.2. Egyptian Sandal

1.1.3. Looks kind of like a cross or a guy in a hoodie.

1.2. Snake

1.2.1. Represents Lower Egypt

1.3. Falcon

1.3.1. Represents Upper Egypt

2. Styles

2.1. Blocky structures

2.2. High status people are rigid, while low status people are more relaxed and naturalistic.

2.3. Statues tend to have very little air space and are usually not free-standing.

2.4. Height of characters shows their status.

2.5. Combination of characteristic views: side, front, etc.

2.6. Highly organized bands.

2.7. During Akhenaten's rule, art was more natural and less rigid.

3. Important Works

3.1. Palette of King Narmer

3.1.1. Shaped like a shield

3.1.2. King Narmer of Upper Egypt defeating king of Lower Egypt

3.1.3. Symbolism: Falcon (Upper Egypt) defeating snake (Lower Egypt)

3.1.4. Soldiers running at the bottom

3.1.5. 3150 BC

3.2. Menkaure and his Wife

3.2.1. Standing man and woman

3.2.2. Woman holding man

3.2.3. Man is making fists

3.2.4. Man is stepping forward

3.2.5. Large block behind/between man and woman, supporting the statues

3.2.6. 2500 BC

3.3. Prince Rahotep and his wife Nofret

3.3.1. Each sitting on a chair

3.3.2. Prince Rahotep has very tan skin

3.3.3. Nofret has very light skin

3.4. Ti Watching Hippopotamus Hunt

3.4.1. Tall, rigid man (Ti) standing on boat watching people on another boat

3.4.2. People on other boat throwing spears at water

3.4.3. Hippopotami swimming under water

3.4.4. Between 2510 BC and 2460 BC

3.5. Nofretete

3.5.1. Shoulders up statue of woman

3.5.2. Long neck

3.5.3. Hat

3.5.4. 1360 BC

3.6. Akhenaten

3.6.1. Long, pointy chin

3.7. Akhenaten's Daughters

3.7.1. Heads bulge out at the back (look like aliens)

3.8. Great Sphinx

3.8.1. Between 2575 BC to 2465 BC

3.9. Tutankhamen Coffin Cover

3.9.1. Gold

3.9.2. Arms crossed holding objects

3.9.3. Bird drawn, embracing thee figure

3.9.4. Falcon and snake on head (shows he was king of both Upper and Lower Egypt)

3.9.5. 1340 BC