Ancient Egyptian Art Essay

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To understand ancient Egypt, one must understand ancient Egyptian art. Studying ancient Egyptian art, one can understand how they lived, worked and what they believed in including religion. The ancient Egyptians also believed in the afterlife so tomb painting, was also an important part of ancient Egyptian art. The ancient Egyptians made their paintbrushes from either coarse palm leaves or knotted rope that was beaten at one end to form stiff bristles. Paint was made from finely ground minerals mixed with vegetable gum or egg. Yellow and red came from yellow and red ochre. White paint came from chalk or gypsum. Green was a mixture of blue powdered copper and yellow ochre. Black paint came from soot and blue paint came from the …show more content…
Heads, arms and legs were shown from the side. Eyes and the top half of the body was shown from the front. A foot was always shown from the inner side (Powell 32-33). “The Egyptians believed that this combination of views gave the most complete image” (Powell 33). The pictures of the men never grasped an object in their hands for fear of getting their fingers caught behind an object. The hands are placed above or below an object, so all fingers are shown (David 67).
People were shown in different sizes on walls depending on status. Children were important people, which made them the largest figures. But the tomb owner and his wife were the largest in relation to their children, servants and their peasants (David 68). Ancient Egyptians believed greatly in the afterlife. The deceased were mummified and placed in a tomb. They were buried with items that would be needed for the afterlife. The tomb was considered a house for eternity.
There were two ways to bury a person properly. “First, great attention was paid to representing in minute detail in situation they desired. …They are symbolic representations of a “perfect man” and his family” (David 66). The scenes also comprised of people that would help the deceased in the afterlife. This included servants, bakers, brewers, laborers, dancing girls, musicians, and whatever else the deceased person enjoyed (David 66). The tombs also included scenes showing regular everyday jobs such as plowing, harvesting,
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