The Discovery Of Ancient Egyptian Art

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The first time I saw this topic on Unit 2:Egypt, a beautiful quote came to my mind from Pablo Picasso. He once said that “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary”, and even though, we know a little bit about Nebamun, by what I perceived from the paintings or frescoes found in his tomb is that, Nebamun was a nobleman during the new kingdom. And to understand Ancient Egyptian art it must be viewed from the point of Ancient Egyptians noblemen. My goal of this essay is to tell my readers what mean the frescoes in the Tomb of Nebamun and how two of the frescoes found in the Tomb of Nebamun: “hunting birds” and “Female musicians and dancers entertaining guests at a meal” tell us about Egyptian daily life. To achieve this goal, I have…show more content…
Before I begin explaining about the frescoes, I would like to explain the technique used in the paintings found on the Tomb of Nebamun. It is called Fresco and according to Sayre is a technique used for painting on walls. The wet plaster is applied to a section of a wall that is small enough to stay wet while the artist works on it. Then the artist mixes pigments or dry color with limewater and applies the paint to the wet wall. The wet plaster soaks up the wet pigment, so the painting becomes part of the wall. (Cave Paintings to Picasso 15). Now that we have learned about the frescoes, it is time to focus our attention on the first section, Thebes is the Greek name for a city in Ancient Egypt, known as Waset, located about 800 km south of the Mediterranean, on the east bank of the river Nile. In this place, we can find at least 415 known and unknown tombs of the Egyptians, and most of them are painted with beautiful frescoes. According to Sporre, the painted tombs of Thebes provide most of our knowledge of Egyptian painting for the period of the New Kingdom, which lasted from around 1575 to 1000 B.C.E (39). This, like almost all Egypt art, compromises funerary art, and it reinforces the concept of religion as a pervasive force in Egyptian life. For the first time in history, we find in Theban tombs representations of the gods. The paintings also portray the vivacity and humor of daily life. Theban tombs portray workmen and peasants differently
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