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Egyptian Art. The Nile. The Desert. Palette of Narmer (c. 3,000 B.C.). Egyptian Painting . The Afterlife. Began as great mounds of earth “ mastaba ” Arabic for “bench”. Architecture: Tombs . Imhotep. King Zoser’s ( Djoser ) “stepped Pyramid”, Saqqara. The Great Pyramid of Kheops.

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architecture tombs

Began as great mounds of earth

“mastaba” Arabic for “bench”

Architecture: Tombs
king mycerinus and khamerernebty
King Mycerinus and Khamerernebty
  • Permanence
  • Stiff, perfect, formal
  • Idealism
dark age to new kingdom

C. 1570 B.C. Egyptians cast off invaders

Geographical expansion

Brilliance in arts

Maintained stiff, formal, idealistic style

Dark Age to New KIngdom
amenhotep iv
Amenhotep IV
  • New interest in life (as opposed to afterlife)
  • Depicted with imperfections
  • Becomes more personal
  • Emotions and personality
  • Realism
decline

Egypt conquered by Assyrians, Persians, Alexander the Great, the Romans

Became part of the Byzantine Empire

642 A.D. became part of the Islamic world

Decline
egyptian art1

Beauty influenced every foreign culture that came into contact with it

Prized throughout Western world

Styles completely characteristic and immediately recognizable

Egyptian art
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