An encyclopaedia of Indian archaeology. Egyptian Art. Characteristics of Egyptian Art The combination of geometric regularity and keen observation of nature is characteristic of all Egyptian arts.
Everything had to be represented from its most characteristic angle. Egyptian crafts in all the statues, paintings, jewelry and pottery seem to fall into place as if they obeyed one law. No one wanted anything different, no one asked him to be 'original'. On the contrary, he was probably considered the best artist who could make his artistic work most like the admired crafts of the past. Egyptian Art Forms Architecture - The style developed during the Pre-dynastic period remained unchanged for 2000 yearsCrafts & Sculpture - Symbolic elements were widely used and strict laws were appliedPaintings - The pictures found in Egyptian tombs were connected with the idea of afterlifeLiterature - Characterized by it's diversity in a wide array of topicsMusic - Had considerable attention since the 1st Dynasty Top of Page Timeline of Artistic Developments.
Ancient Greek and Roman Art. In the 8th century BC, large-scale ceramic vessels were produced as grave markers. As these were originally decorated with just repeated angular patterns, the style became known as "Geometric" art. As time went by, small portions of the vessel might be filled with simple stick-figure people, often attending a funeral. The first image here is a funeray amphora, almost 6 feet tall, with a detail in the second image. The third image is a cross-section of the types of graves in which these vessels are found, showing their placement. The other vase is a little later than the first, with more detail, including a chariot procession.
But not all geometric vase-paintings are as monumental in size. The Archaic period of Greek art spans about 200 years, from 700 to 500 BC. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Archaic bronze sculptures no longer exist, having been 'recycled', i.e., melted down for other uses. Table of Contents © 2005 B. Art Through Time: A Global View. Art Historians' Guide to the Movies. Smarthistory: a multimedia web-book about art and art history.
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