Monday, February 22, 2010

Egyptians and their strive for continuity and permanence can surely be derived from their religious views, for instance, their burials. The Egyptians clearly had a strong feeling behind death and the afterlife. They believed the afterlife was more important than what they were living on earth. In the tombs of kings and other royalty, you find tremendous amounts of art. Their tombs contained paintings and other atifacts these kings would take with them to the afterlife. The Egyptians built gigantic tombs to symbolize their strength as a civilization.
In their art you find some figures are larger than others, a hierarchy scale was set to show the level of importance between figures in paintings. The kings were often larger, showing their god-like dominance. This was a style the Egyptians tried to keep throughout their history. The profiled faces and the torso were front facing, almost the “if it ain't broke, don't fix it” mentality. I would say they did their jobs well, because even now, thousands of years later, Egyptian art is easily recognized.
They used this style as a way of showing their permanece, they were a very proud culture. They were one of the most successful civilizations in the history of the world, and they wanted that to be known by everyone, all throughout history. Those people accomplished amazing feats of architecture that still stand today as one of the most recognizable structrures on the planet. The collossal pyramids in Giza show their strive for permanence as well, obviously.

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