Egyptian Architecture and History Essay

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This discourse revolves around the development of art and architecture with reference to Egypt. It endeavours to bring out various phases in the development of art and architecture in Egypt. Besides, it describes how different personalities, events and themes, over time, influenced art and architecture. Not only are the progressive changes leading up to modern-day art and architecture discussed, but also the geographical, social, cultural and political factors which affect art and architecture. It is important to note that Egypt has among the oldest history in world’s civilization. It is considered to be a pillar of intellectualism, politics, arts and archicture. Egyptian history has endured the destructive force of time through the ages…show more content…
The palette bore the ruler of the northern kingdom bowing in submission to Narmer. On one hand, Narmer held high the royal hat of his adversary while in the other he pressed him to the ground. This was intended to connote a shift of power to Narmer, and the submission of the northern kingdom to Narmer’s government. This event distinctly marked the recognition of art in Egypt – with the palette being its most notable emblem. This palette, untill this day, is labelled Narmer’s Palette. Artists in the modern-day have greatly drawn their inspiration from Egyptian culture. This culture rested upon three foundations namely: Geography and climate, religion and the social system (Moffett, Fazio, and Wodehouse 54). This is to say that they were the central themes from which the Egyptian sculptors, artists and architects got their conceptual rubric for their impeccable artwork. The richness of this culture was passed on through peculiar and beautiful patterns on pottery, tombs, tools and temple walls. In addition, polished patterns derived from the elements of nature adorned the temples on the ceilings as well as the walls. There were multi-coloured, accurately alligned geometric patterns repeated in fixed recurrence on the surfaces of tombs and temples. Patterns of animals and plants also predominantly featured in the artwork of the Egyptians. These patterns formed a good foundation for future
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