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  • Ayasofya - 5,052 words
    Architecture, the practice of building design and its resulting products; customary usage refers only to those designs and structures that are culturally significant. Architecture is to building as literature is to the printed word. Vitruvius, a 1st-century BC Roman, wrote encyclopedically about architecture, and the English poet Sir Henry Wotton was quoting him in his charmingly phrased dictum: "Well building hath three conditions: Commoditie, Firmenes, and Delight." More prosaically, one would say today that architecture must satisfy its intended uses, must be technically sound, and must convey aesthetic meaning. But the best buildings are often so well constructed that they outlast their ...
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  • The Human Body - 1,117 words
    E-mail: Before the portrayal of the human body can be critiqued, you must understand the artist's culture. As man evolved over centuries, his views of the body also transformed. Our tour definitely showed the drastic changes in different cultures' art. Each culture and era presents very distinct characteristics. Through time and experimentation, we have expressed our views of the human body clearly with our art. Egyptians were the first people to make a large impact on the world of art. Egyptians needed art for their religious beliefs more than decoration or self-gratification. The most important aspect of Egyptian life is the ka, the part of the human spirit that lives on after death. The ...
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  • The Human Body - 1,119 words
    ... phy Before the portrayal of the human body can be critiqued, you must understand the artist's culture. As man evolved over centuries, his views of the body also transformed. Our tour definitely showed the drastic changes in different cultures' art. Each culture and era presents very distinct characteristics. Through time and experimentation, we have expressed our views of the human body clearly with our art. Egyptians were the first people to make a large impact on the world of art. Egyptians needed art for their religious beliefs more than decoration or self-gratification. The most important aspect of Egyptian life is the ka, the part of the human spirit that lives on after death. The k ...
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  • Egyptian Rulers And Their Gods - 685 words
    The relationship between Egyptian rulers and their gods were ever present in many examples of Egyptian art throughout the many changes in leadership. The depictions of these relationships, however, were not always consistent from ruler to ruler, dynasty to dynasty. The Palette of Narmer, Seated Statue of Khafre, and Akenaten and Nefertit and their Children are three prime examples of the differences in depiction from one period to another. The Palette of Narmer, done around 3000 B.C. in the Predynastic Period, depicts King Narmer as the most important figure of the work. A system of hierarchical proportions is important to this piece. Narmers dominating size and central position on the front ...
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  • Metropolitan Museum Of Art - 1,295 words
    During my trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I observed many interesting paintings, sculptures, and artifacts. The two exhibits I chose to do my report on were Anonymous Official, from the thirteenth dynasty in Egypt, (1783 B.C.), and Head from a Herm from the early Greek civilization, (first quarter of the fifth century). (The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide, Howard, pg. 306) I chose these two particular exhibits because of their faces. The way the human face is portrayed is an excellent way to figure out how humans were perceived in these specific time periods. You can compare the two different faces from the two different time periods, and compare and contrast the two time periods. ...
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  • Damon And Pythias - 764 words
    After reading Damon and Pythias, I realized that the value of friendship portrayed in the story is also relative to me. As Damon had faith trust and honor, I remember such a friend who had faith, trust and honor in me. Such a friend is incomparable to all wealth and power this life offers. From what I remember, it was back in 1993 - I was on one of my expeditions in the misty jungles of Africa. I befriended a native there who spoke English fairly well. We drove through the jungles in my Jeep, searching for ancient pieces of art. I was an art historian looking for further roots that influenced Egyptian art. We began to know each other pretty well as time passed. I learned his name was Mutopa. ...
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  • Research - 717 words
    The piece I choose to do for my research paper is called Wadjet. It is an Egyptian piece of art. Wadjet was the protectress of the king and the tutelary deity of Lower Egypt. The sculpture is from the 26th dynasty. The piece is a votive figure. The Egyptian iconography has gods that were shown with human torsos and animal heads. It was probably left in temples as a form of offering to the gods. The figure is 13 inches high with well preserved detail and description on the rectangular base that says the name of the goddess, Wadjet to who the statue was dedicated to. The goddess Wadjet is a female goddess shown with the head of a lioness. There was several other Egyptian Goddess that had the h ...
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  • Tomb Of Tutankhamun - 653 words
    TOMB OF TUTANKHAMUN The most famous Egyptian pharaoh today is, King Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun. Tutankhamun is also known as King Tut. The name Tutankhamun is derived from hieroglyphics which means Living Image of Amun. He was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, he also was the son in law of Akhenaton. Tutankhamun was not a important King, he is well known because of his tomb, containing beautiful treasures. King Nebkheperuru Tutankhamuns tomb was discovered by an British archaeologists Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon in King Nebkheperuru Tutankhamun lived over 3,300 years ago. The period he lived in was called the New Kingdom. During this period the Egyptians were worshipping multiple g ...
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  • King Tut - 1,195 words
    ... d childless, leaving Aye to rule the throne 32. No matter how or why King Tutankhamen died, he did and in a The discovery of King Tutankhamen was very exciting . It is one of the most famous discoveries in the whole world. The discovery took place over 3,000 years after King Tutankhamen died. In November of 1922, Lord Carnarvon funded an expedition to the Valley of the Kings. The British archaeologist, Howard Carter, led the group 33. Lord Carnarvon had already been searching for King Tutankhamens tomb for seven years. Britain had owned Egypt for many years, but now the native population wanted its freedom. This revolt made Lord Carnarvon very uneasy and so he decided that this would be ...
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  • None - 805 words
    From gathered sources and facts ramses the second is suggested to be the greatest builder as well as ruler of all Egyptian history. His works remain unsurpassed when compared to other works of the same era. The rule of Ramses the second commenced in 1304 BC, becoming the 3rd pharaoh of the 19 dynasty. There are many faults in his reign, but also very notable positive things. Ramses fought in many battles during his rule over Egypt. He enlarged his territory further into Africa, south into Nubia as well as giving Egypt more prowess against the Libyans. He also conquered Asia Minor. (Ramses). Ramses considered one battle against the Hittites to be his greatest. He told of being left behind by ...
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  • Egypt - 2,589 words
    The civilization of ancient Egypt is significant in several ways. Together with those of Mesopotamia, India, and China, it was one of the earliest civilizations, and it is perhaps the best example of continuous cultural evolution based on internal stimuli, rather than the complex mix of internal and external factors found, for example, in Mesopotamia. Egyptian influence on other peoples was also significant. Its hieroglyphic writing system and other cultural elements were adapted by ancient kingdoms of the Sudan. Syria-Palestine was strongly affected by Egyptian religion and art. And the cults of some Egyptian gods had followers in both Greece and Rome. The two last regions and the Bible are ...
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  • Art Historycomparison Of Entombment And Adoration Of The Shepperds Paintings - 1,864 words
    Man has been creating art for over 30,000 years. There are cave drawings, sculptures, Egyptian art, Greek Art, Modern Art and plenty more but to many, the Renaissance Art period is considered to be most important. Never had so many geniuses in art lived at one time and never had so many pieces of cherished art been produced. Two examples of Renaissance paintings are Cigolis Adoration of the Shepherds and Moretto da Brescias Entombment. Both paintings posses the attributes that were popular during the Renaissance period which I will now contrast and compare. Both paintings focus on the life of Jesus, but at different times in his life. The Adoration of the Shepherds shows us Christ soon after ...
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  • Ancient Egyptian Beliefs In The Afterlife - 1,452 words
    ... to compare to the great houses in which the Pharaoh or other important persons had lived (Badawy 47). The burial chambers of the mastaba, along with those of virtually all other forms of Egyptian architecture, housed paintings and relief sculptures depicting the actions of everyday life. The netherlife destiny is often associated with this "everyday life", where the spirit experiences all the aspects of their mortal life on earth. Often, mastabas were arranged in cemeteries forming a grid pattern, with "streets" between them. Cemeteries such as these often are situated around what are probably the greatest structures of Egyptian architecture: pyramids. Pyramids are an extraordinary archi ...
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  • Egypt - 586 words
    Tutankhamen was born Tutankhaten in Malkata, a palace in the south of Egypt. To this day, his parentsis unknown, but most historians believe he is the son of the old Pharaoh Amenhotep III and his chief wife, Queen Tiye. Tutankhaten was born at a time of political turmoil because Amenhotep III's regent and successor, Tutankhaten's older brother, Akhenhaten was a religious misbeliever whose beliefs divided the country. The Ancient Egyptians were polytheistic, which means they believed in more than one god. Akhenhaten believed in only one god, Aten, the sun disc, and because of that, he desecrated the temples and banned the worship of all other Gods in the Egyptian temples. Tutankhaten, though ...
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  • Ramses Ii - 867 words
    Ramses II Usermaatre Setepenre,third ruler of the 19th Dynasty,was born about 1303 B.C in the Eastern Nile Delta, following the death of his grandfather King Ramses I and Father Sethi I, was one of the longest reigning pharaohs of ancient Egypt.He reigned 67 years (roughly from 1290 to 1224 B.C), during the early part of his reign, Ramses fought to regain the territory in Africa and Western Asia that Egypt had held during the 15th and 16th centuries B.C in the beginning as coregent with his father, and lived for more than 80 years, which was very rare in those days.During his life he made quite a reputation as a builder and a warrior, but also as a ladies man.He had 5 or 6 main wives, mostly ...
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  • Egyptian Amulet Art - 1,255 words
    An amulet is a small object that a person wears, carries, or offers to a deity because he or she believes that it will magically give a particular power or form of protection. The conviction that a symbol, form, or concept provides protection, promotes well-being, or brings good luck is common to all societies: in our own, we commonly wear religious symbols, carry a favorite penny, or a rabbit's foot. In ancient Egypt, amulets might be carried, used in necklaces, bracelets, or rings, andespeciallyplaced among a mummy's bandages to ensure the deceased a safe, healthy, and productive afterlife. Egyptian amulets functioned in a number of ways. Symbols and deities generally conferred the powers ...
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  • Sculpture Of The Old Kingdom Of Ancient Egypt - 1,036 words
    Introduction Egypt is situated in the north-eastern corner of the African continent. It is composed of two very different regions--Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt. Lower Egypt--the Black Land as it was also called by the ancient Egyptians--with its fertile soil strip along the Nile River makes up the northern part of the country. The Red Land--the Upper Egypt--is a desertous southern part with the red, sun-baked soil. The history of ancient Egypt starts around 3000 B.C. when, according to the tradition, Menes Narmer unified the two lands and founded the first dynasty. That was the beginning of the Old Kingdom--the period of stability of the state that lasted until 2263 B.C. and included the dyna ...
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  • Sculpture Of The Old Kingdom Of Ancient Egypt - 1,030 words
    ... ly, were the government officials. They had very high positions in society, but were not considered divine. Therefore their sculptures are the mixture of strict canonical representation used for kings and the more realistic approach usually applied to the depiction of the lower-class people. The statues' attitudes are still very hierarchic and the positions are stiff and proper for the high-class nobles, but there is no "timeless youth" approach and the sculptures are more like the people they represent. The classical example is the Sheikh el Beled (Arabic 'head of village')--very famous wooden masterpiece from the IVth dynasty. The hierarchic position indicates the nobility of the perso ...
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  • Ancient Egypt - 1,118 words
    One of the most interesting aspects of ancient Egypt is its religion. The depth of Egyptian thinking and rich imagination displayed in the creation of ideas and images of the gods and goddesses is beyond compare. On elaborating their beliefs, the Egyptians were working on the cosmic plane searching for an understanding of the most basic laws of the universe (Religion). The ancient Egyptians instilled their religion into every aspect of life including their art and architecture. The Egyptians were humanistic, naturalistic and polytheistic in their ardent faith. They were humanistic in that they worshiped man, particularly the pharaoh; naturalistic in that they deified the forces of nature; an ...
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  • Visual Analysis Of Funeral Stela Of Menthuhotpe From The Cemetery At Abydos - 1,013 words
    Several weeks ago I visited the Museum of Man- specifically the exhibit of Egyptian artifacts. I observed the Funerary Stela of Menthuhotpe. This piece is obviously from the early Egyptians, probably during the Old Kingdom Dynasty, which spanned several thousand years around 2000 B.C.. The pieces resemblance to the reliefs during this time period is striking (one example of similar work is the relief in Tis mastaba which shows him watching a hippo hunt created between 2450 and 2350 B.C.). This is an example of a stela or stele. A stela is a carved or inscribed stone slab or pillar. This piece could be a stele carved in sandstone, or perhaps, painted limestone. Paint used in this Although the ...
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