Compare And Contrast 4th Dynasty Painting And Sculpture And The Reign Of Ahkenaten

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The sculptures and paintings produced during the Fourth Egyptian Dynasty set the standard of Egyptian art until the end of the dynastic periods. Egypt was a culture steeped in religion and bound by the ideas of order and balance; and so was their artwork. Because most pieces produced were depictions of reigning pharaoh’s divine relationship with the Egyptian gods and his role as king of Egypt (Hawass), the Fourth Egyptian Dynasty gave life to specific cannon in Egyptian art called the “law of frontality (Egyptian Art).” All gods, pharaohs and noblemen would be depicted based on this standard. These standards left little room for artistic innovation until the reign of Akhenaten at the end of ...view middle of the document...

The Seated Scribe for example, shown in the seated position with a wrinkled face and paunch belly exposed (Davies 61).
These stylistic conventions of the Fourth Dynasty made it very hard to identify one pharaoh’s statue from the other until the reign of Akhenaten during the Eighteenth Dynasty. Akhenaten had created his new religion and with it came a new style of artistry that emphasized “naturalism of the body (Davies 72),” called the Armana Style. Akhenaten was the first pharaoh to be carved with all his flaws intact (Akhenaten). His statue Akhenaten from Karnak expresses his androgynous features, “narrow shoulders lacking in musculature, and with a marked pot belly, wide hips, and generous thighs (Davies 72).” This new style was not limited to the royal family but for all classes of Egyptian society (Davies 72). His mother Queen TIY’s portrait Queen Tiy from Kom Medinetg el-Ghurab was also altered during her son’s reign to reflect signs of age (Davies 74).
The stylistic conventions established during the Fourth Dynasty on statuary also applied to paintings and reliefs of the dynasty (Egyptian Art). Deviating away from these standards had the potential to change the meaning of the piece; “especially a change of status, from king or official to servant or captive (Davies 61).” Akhenaten’s artists were not concerned with creating any such misconception; in fact they experienced an abundant amount of creative freedoms (Akhenaten). The pharaoh had abandoned the scenes of offerings to the gods, and battle (Akhenaten), and instead his family was illustrated doing everyday activities (Prisse 80). The relief King Akhenaten Served by the Queen from Tell el-Amarna exemplifies this relaxed setting, presenting the queen...

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