8 Conventions of Egyptian art
In this section you will look at key conventions of Egyptian art, and why Egyptian artists followed those conventions. Here is a simple activity to begin your exploration.
Activity 2 What does Egyptian art look like?
Study Figure 27, and then make a list of some (say, half a dozen) instances of what you think are key features of the Egyptian ‘style’.
Here are some things you may have observed:
- mixing of human bodies with animal heads or, less frequently, animal bodies with human heads
- ixing of frontal and side views, for example, side views of legs and feet with frontal views of the body, side views of the head with frontal eyes
- a lack of modelling, resulting in a flattened, cut-out effect
- an overall effect of stasis in the individual image, and when several are taken together, an effect of unchangingness.