King Akhenaten and the Amarna Art Period Research Paper by T-Lew

King Akhenaten and the Amarna Art Period
A biographical description of the life of King Akhenaten and his influence on religion and art during the time he was a Pharoah in Egypt.
# 9582 | 1,295 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2001 | US
Published on Jan 31, 2003 in Art (History) , History (Middle Eastern) , History (Religion)

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This paper examines the life of King Akhenaten who came to power in c.1352 B.C.E. and ruled Egypt for seventeen years. Akhenaten was a firm believer in "maat" or divine truth and centered his religion around this. His divine truth policy changed art and culture in Egypt. This paper considers these changes, in particular the effect on art at the time by reviewing certain works of art from that time period.

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"Akhenaten and His Family portrays Akhenaten and Nefertiti sitting casually on their thrones playing with their three daughters. The sun disk Aten reaches down his beams; the beams end in hands that tough the royal's, some hands holding Ankh's. The scarves and clothing they wear seems to drape and flow from their bodies. The position that the family sits in is unusually casual for Egyptian art, as compared with works such as Menkaure and His Wife, Queen Khamereenebty ca.2515 B.C.E., which was made of slate and composed of tight, structured stance. Nefertiti's throne, with lotus and papyrus blossoms at the base, suggests a united upper and lower Egypt. "

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