Ancient Egyptian Portraitures Essay

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The popularity of and the fascination with Egyptian Art come from the pyramids, mummies, and hieroglyphs. The theme of the exhibition is about racial types in Ancient Egyptian Art it will survey the various naturalistic facial features found in the non-royal sculptures. In contrast, the Royal portraits are extremely symbolic in representing human figures with the combination of human gods and animal forms that tend to portray idealized, conventional faces of Egypt. Utilizing objects from the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, this exhibit will display 25 portraits of nobleman, officials, and local individuals in order to hint at a variety of racial subdivision such as the Hykos, Nubian, Persian and Roman influence in the …show more content…
The Brooklyn Museum's permanent collection contains a large selection of Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art sculptures, or paintings in relief. Many statues are generally idealized and incorporated into animal form, since the intention of Ancient Egyptians was often to illustrate as much of a traditional king as possible. Realistic features had greater possibility in the non-royal portraits than in the one for royal purposes . The assumption that Ancient Egyptian royal portraits were accurate is based loosely on the idea that the artist would demonstrate knowledge of the tradition and consciously take models from the previous rulers to implement into their sculptures . The differences in the depiction of royal and a non-royal portraiture will be prominent by the entrances into the galleries. It will incorporate examples of the Head of a King from the Old Kingdom, Late Period and Ptolemaic Period, to demonstrate resemblances in facial feature that are not highly individualized. In contrast, the selection of objects inside the gallery will suggest portraits of non-royal individuals, a diverse civilization that has been through invasions and marital intermingling of the neighboring countries. The selection of objects for Al-Misr includes sculptures and reliefs. The various materials representing human figures in combination with the
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