Reflective Essay On Art Museum

949 WordsAug 13, 20174 Pages
MFAH CULTURAL RESPONSE ESSAY The art museum is truly a work of art in itself. I enjoy trips to places of culture, be it a play, musical, opera, art gallery or, in this case, a museum. When I walk in, I feel inspired to draw, paint, and sculpt. For just a little while, I get to focus on art and experience a sense of detachment from the everyday hustle and bustle of the world. Time truly seems to slow down when you’re at the museum. Upon entering the museum, I felt refreshed and frankly, smarter. For my Cultural Response Essay, I visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. I visited the museum briefly last semester to view specific works, but this was the first time that my family and I took our time, really feeling the art and traverse all of the rooms. The last time we went to the museum, we missed an entire top floor! Fortunately this time, we found our way upstairs and lo and behold if it was not my favorite time period… Egyptian. At the Egyptian exhibit they had mummies, hieroglyphics, jewelry, pottery and statues of pharaohs. The works I enjoyed the most came from this floor, so I concentrated my efforts there. I chose the Mummy of a child, The Coffin of Pedi-Osiris, and The falcon-form Coffin with Grain Mummy to discuss. Mummy of a Child dates from between 30 B.C. to 150 AD. Ancient Egyptians believed in life after death, so they discovered a detailed and complicated process called mummification. The body of the deceased was bathed repeatedly to both cleanse the body and the soul. The lungs, liver, stomach, and intestines were preserved and protected in canopic jars for the afterlife. The heart, on the other hand, was kept intact with the body. This was necessary in order for the deceased to prove goodness in the afterlife. The pictures on the delicate wrappings are extremely significant as everything represents something in Egyptian culture. The painted wrappings of the child held two green jackals at the top, the jackals representing Anubis, god of embalming. The color green signifies renewal and rebirth which expresses the hope for immortality of the departed. The red diamond shape in the middle of the jackals represents the child’s heart. The mourning females are the goddesses Isis and
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