Ancient Egyptian Culture And Art Essay

1358 Words Nov 29th, 2015 6 Pages
Ancient Egyptian culture and art has fascinated many people throughout history. From the great pyramids to the Ramesseum, Egyptian art has affected the world and has coaxed people into studying it as a full time job. What people know today about Egypt is primarily from artifacts, tomb paintings, and monuments. From this historians have deducted that Egyptian history is divided into three parts: the Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, and the New Kingdom. It is well known that throughout these periods art was used to deify the pharaohs who lived during these eras. Most art from these periods has stayed constant because of a set of rules about depicting pharaohs or people of royal status. Pharaohs were primarily depicted as stiff figures with facial and physical features which were considered to be perfect proportions. In the New Kingdom there were two Pharaohs who rejected tradition, and diverged from the status quo. They had different ways of depicting themselves that suited their reign. These two Pharaohs are Hatshepsut who ruled for approximately twenty-one years, and Amenhotep IV or Akhenaten who ruled for approximately seventeen years. Both of these pharaohs changed the way of doing art during their time as rulers of Egypt, and as a result after their deaths people tried to destroy their monuments and erase them from history.
Hatshepsut, the first female Pharaoh, ruled for around twenty one years and had to change the way she was portrayed in art to affirm her hold on the…

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