Egyptian art

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Egyptian art

Le arti figurative egizieAs explained in previous article l’arte egizia era l’expression live of the Pharaoh.

L ’ artist was then subject to the directives of the Pharaoh and could not in any way express his creative freedom. It followed therefore fixed rules presentation of ’ opera passed down between the dynasties of Pharaohs.

The human figure was always in profile and proportions varied according to social grade height ’.

The sculptures had a celebratory character and had a great development due to the high presence of materials like granite, limestone and alabaster. Very frequently the sculptures were painted with bright colors but with limited colors (Green, Blue, Yellow, Red, ochre, black and white) or with gold and silver for the major works.

L ’ setting the figure was unchanged, always symmetrical and front with his arms outstretched to his sides and clenched fists. The surfaces were smooth and forms almost always rather squared. Next to the Regal character or official works were also found small statues or small sculptures, made of wood or terracotta (simple materials) portraying members of the people intent on unskilled workers. These people had to guarantee to Pharaoh, the continuity of life in’ beyond.

Le arti figurative egizie

The representations of the Pharaohs had distinctive character with a certain symbolic value:

The headpiece, called nemes, It was made of linen and represented his divine nature.

The Beard was generally an ornament added as a symbol of nobility.

The belt was engraved in a middle area where the Pharaoh's name.

The cobra on the front of the Pharaoh's headdress was a symbol of Holiness and a sign of royalty. Symbolized protection and power as awe-inspiring subjects.

The painting as the sculpture (so almost all Egyptian art) had precise rules and codified.

The magnitude of the figures was provided by repeating a module that had basic unit of measurement for the size of a clenched fist. The body of the subject was represented from various points of view. The murals adorned the walls of temples or tombs gifts and usually recounted events , They tell myths or stories of important rituals. The narrative is developed horizontally across bands contrasted with repeated figures and was often accompanied by written which explained the story, the hieroglyphs.

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