Discover the Ancient Egyptian Art
Almost all forms of the ancient Egyptian art survived in the past 3,000 years. If you have witnessed them first hand, you will marvel at its beauty and quality. Without computers or 3D imaging technologies to guide them, doing all these things makes you a believer out of them. Truly, ancient Egypt and Art go hand in hand together!
Learning the Art of Trade
At a young age, artists-to-be children go under the strict supervision of his father, and eventually undergo apprenticeship to Egyptian artists. He studies the ancient Egyptian art by practicing paintings in shards of stone or pottery. Excavated stones show the errors made by the student and the applied corrections by the teacher!
Egyptians apply strict conventions on art. If you entered into a lot of tombs and temples, you will notice that most of them shows the same pattern. The iron clad rule forbids the artists to show their individuality in ancient Egyptian art.
Preparing for Work
In ancient Egyptian art, whether for paintings preparing walls for relief or sculpting a statue, a head craftsman plans their work plan. For example, as soon as someone finishes plastering the walls, stone masons work at it quickly. After done, painters quickly take over to finish it. This kind of efficient working maximizes the output of the artists.
Tools on those days make a believer of ancient Egyptians when it comes to art. If you know what tools they used, their work shines a hundred fold. They use plant fibers as brushes and use harder stones as chisels on sculpting. With these somewhat primitive tools in their hands, the margin for error widens!
Painting the Walls
Paintings, under strict supervision follow a convention. The artists must do the same pattern of Egyptian artwork for each of the masterpieces they do. Painters work on a tightly knitted group along with stone masons, sculptors, or plasterers. Together, they finish a project at an allotted time.
If you would compare the painting of the ancient Egyptians to the painting of the Renaissance period in Europe, you would notice a great difference. Egyptians paint it in a 2D way while in Europe; most of them paint images in 3D.
The imported paint materials used at ancient Egypt are imported. In exchange, most of the paintings survived in vivid colors. Talk about taking your money's worth!
Sanding the Statues
Being a sculpture that time is hard. Especially with the manual labor it takes to finish one statue. You just imagine their agony in their faces. With the lack of tools used at that time, achieving a lot of sculptures is a feat! It goes to say that Egyptians are great artists!
Sculpting requires a high degree of artistry and talent to create one. One mistake and game over! You start all over again in the process. Egyptians meticulously finish their sculptures before they use sand to clear the rough edges of the statue. It gives life and a more polished look to their work of art!
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