Compare/Contrast 2 Ancient Sculptures

782 Words Apr 25th, 2008 4 Pages
For this essay I have chosen two sculptures, each from a different culture that I am very fond of, to compare and contrast. The first piece that I chose is an Egyptian sculpture of royalty (picture on the left). This statue represents an eternal existence reflected in its emotionless calm and enduring serenity. In this statue Menkure and His Chief Queen from the Old Kingdom’s 4th Dynasty are depicted; it is thought to have originally stood on the processional causeway leading to Menkure’s pyramid at Giza. However, the statue was discovered buried with him inside his tomb. “It is believed to have been the first double statue of its kind made.”This sculpture shares all of the conventional qualities common to most Egyptian sculptures of human …show more content…
He was attacked by sea snakes while performing a sacrifice at the altar of Neptune.” The grouping of this statue was probably designed for a frontal view only. The intense emphasis on emotion of this statue I believe to be Hellenistic Greek or also known as “Baroque”, Note the serpent that bites Laocoon’s leg, and the pained expressions. This statue can be found in the Vatican Museum in Rome. Both Egyptian and Greek art have their similarities, but also have many differences.
I chose to compare these two pieces because I believe that they both have their own sense of styles and beauty. “The combination of geometric regularity is characteristic of all ancient Egyptian art which was often described as cubed and constrained”, when “the artist of the Hellenistic era expanded his formal horizons with dramatic posing, sweeping lines, and high contrast of light, shadow and emotions.” In the Greek art of the Hellenistic era you can see a reaction to the classical form of art that was very conventional and had a lot of rules. They consequently gave way to the trialing and a sense of freedom that allowed the artist to explore his subjects from different unique points of view. Egyptian art was very fond of their religion and immortality and they reflected that in their work. Greek Hellenistic showed a great deal of emotion and movement that also echoed in