SANDRA J. SHAW STUDIO

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ART HISTORY I
LECTURE 12: The Egyptian Mind and
Akhenaten's Revolution


IMAGES:
(for individual student reference viewing only)


below: Drawing showing body proportions: distance from pubis to floor = half-length of figure; length of sternum = half-width of thorax (or width of thorax = 2 x sternum length):



Below are three images from the previous lecture posted here as a reminder:

below: Offering Procession, Tomb of Ounsou, Thebes, Egypt, wall painting, h: NA,
(Dynasty XVIII, New Kingdom), c. 1,500 B.C.:



below left: Trinity of King Menkaure (Mycerinus) with (left) Goddess Hathor, and (right) goddess of the nome of Diospolis Parva, green slate, 37.25" h, (Dynasty IV, Old Kingdom), c. 2,680-2,565 B.C.
(Egyptian Museum, Cairo):


below right: Enthroned Chephren (Khafre), from Giza, Egypt, diorite, 66" h, (Dynasty V, Old Kingdom),
c. 2,558-2,532 B.C. (Egyptian Museum, Cairo):




below: Portrait bust of Queen Nefertiti, from studio of Thutmose, Amarna, Egypt, painted limestone, 19" h, (Dynasty XVIII, New Kingdom), c. 1,348-1,335 B.C. (Museum of Art, Egyptian Museum, Berlin):



below: Drawing demo of basic design of Aten symbol:



below: Portrait bust of Queen Nefertiti, from studio of Thutmose, Amarna, Egypt, painted limestone, 19" h, (Dynasty XVIII, New Kingdom), c. 1,348-1,335 B.C. (Museum of Art, Egyptian Museum, Berlin):



below: Portrait bust of Queen Nefertiti, from studio of Thutmose, Amarna, Egypt, plaster, h: NA,
(Dynasty XVIII, New Kingdom), c. 1,348-1,335 B.C. (Museum of Art, Egyptian Museum, Berlin):




below: Portrait bust of King Akhenaten, from studio of Thutmose, Amarna, Egypt, stone, h: NA,
(Dynasty XVIII, New Kingdom), 1,348-1,335 B.C. (Museum of Art, Egyptian Museum, Berlin):




below: King Akhenaten, from Karnak, Egypt, sandstone, c. 13' h, (Dynasty XVIII, New Kingdom),
c. 1,348-1,335 B.C. (Egyptian Museum, Cairo):




below: Royal family, relief carving, limestone, 12.75x15.5", (Dynasty XVIII, New Kingdom), c. 1,355 B.C. (Museum of Art, Egyptian Museum, Berlin):



below: Painted floor, from the palace of Akhenaten, Amarna, Egypt, medium: NA, dimensions: NA,
(Dynasty XVIII, New Kingdom), c. 1,348-1,335 B.C.:



below: Wall painting from North Palace, Amarna, Egypt, medium: NA, dimensions: NA,
(Dynasty XVIII, New Kingdom), c. 1,348-1,335 B.C. (The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago):



below: Detail from wall painting from North Palace, Amarna, Egypt, medium: NA, dimensions: NA,
(Dynasty XVIII, New Kingdom), c. 1,348-1,335 B.C. (The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago):



below: Painted wall relief, Tomb of architectural overseer Ti, Saqqara, Egypt, painted limestone, c. 45" h, (Dynasty IV or V, Old Kingdom), c.2,510-2,460 B.C.:



below: Speculative reconstruction of townhouses at Amarna, Egypt, (Dynasty XVIII, New Kingdom),
c. 1,348-1,335 B.C.:




below left: Drawing of Nefertiti portrait showing unbroken form from brow to nose; and dynamic design that uses crown and neck as counterpoints, directing our gaze to Nefertiti's face:

below right: Drawing showing basic vertical design of typical Egyptian figure:




below right: Drawing of three-quarter view of Nefertiti portrait showing how crown dramatizes the basic triangular / conical form of head:

below right: Three-quarter view of Nefertiti portrait:



below left: Schematic drawing of Thutmose's dramatization of Nefertiti's forms - the uninterrupted brow and slenderized neck:

below right: Probable likeness of Nefertiti: