Art Analysis: The Bust Of Nefertiti

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The bust of Nefertiti was discovered by a German archaeological team led by Ludwig Borchardt in 1912 at Amarna. After transferring several times in different locations, the bust of Nefertiti finally settled in Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany. As the meaning of her name – “the beautiful one has come forth”, Nefertiti is one of the most famous and beautiful symbols of the ancient world. She was the Great Royal Wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten of the 18th dynasty of Egypt. A great deal of the arts of her discovered nowadays indicate her as an important role of the Amarna period. The bust of Nefertiti is one of the most celebrated arts of representing her beauty. Also, it communicates the situation of the artists and techniques used in the period and tells the story of a turbulent dynasty. Unlike most traditional Egyptian statues, Bust of Nefertiti has less stiffness instead having a sense of reality and likeness of the queen herself. The bust of Nefertiti is a limestone core bust with painted stucco plaster layers and sculpted mainly subtractive method in a round. By covering the stucco plaster layers, the artist was able to illustrate more subtle effects and lifelike details to the sculpture. The bust is 1’8” in height and 44 lbs. in weight. The face is perfectly symmetrical and nearly well-reserved. The overall soft contour lines and structure lines portray her feminine beauty. She has an …show more content…
It is also the symbol of Egypt and German. While the bust’s appreciated beauty, the technology and background of its birth are treasures for revealing the history of the Amarna period of Egyptian, the politics and culture of the time also brought up this delicate sculpture. Arts and culture have never been separated apart. As the technology is becoming more and more advanced, Bust of Nefertiti will uncover her mysteries gradually to the

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