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Episodes in Western Art: Egypt/ Assyrian Empire

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Episodes in Western Art: Egypt/ Assyrian Empire ARTH 11100

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Notes on Egypt and the Assyrian Empire, focusing on the similarities and differences between their sculptures.
Episodes in Western Art
Frances Gallart-Marques
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Art History, Egypt, Assyrian Empire, Western Art
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This 7 page Class Notes was uploaded by ChristopherMetallo on Saturday January 30, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ARTH 11100 at Ithaca College taught by Frances Gallart-Marques in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 18 views. For similar materials see Episodes in Western Art in Art History at Ithaca College.


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Date Created: 01/30/16
Feb 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2016 Episodes in Western Art Week 2: MORE THAN BRONZE AND IRON - DAY 1: Egypt • Karnak: precinct of the gods - the beautiful one as come - 18th Dynasty • first dynasty of the New Kingdom - New Kingdom is when Egypt is most successful, with lots of military expansion. - Bronze Age - 3000-1000BC - Egypt • northern tip of Africa, very convenient location • Thebes - capitol of Egypt - Associated with the Theban Triad • Amun (Amon -Ra) • Mut - mother/ goddess, but has no mother • Khonsu - son - Karnak Temple Complex, Thebes, Egyptian (New Kingdom) • 2nd largest religious complex in the world • main temple is facing the Nile • Series of pylons 1 Feb 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2016 • Into the Complex - Entrance gateway or pylon into open court • Pylons - Large stone or brick entrance into Egyptian temples. Formed by 2 trapezoidal towers split by a gateway - into columned hypostyle hall • Hypostyle Hall - A flat roofed room supported by a series of columns. Usually stand perpendicular to the central axis line. Karnak is the largest in Egypt. Covering 5500 sq meters its side halls are supported by 122 columns standing 12 meters high. • Exterior south walls - into obelisks - reach the rear sanctuary with side rooms, which is dark and small - Nanos (central shrine) - more intimate and dark as you go closer to the center - Hatshepsut • 18th Dynasty (1479-1458) • declared herself pharaoh and signed for many years • prolific builder • Represents herself as a man in paintings and reliefs - wearing a fake beard with a traditional headdress (meant to resemble a lion) - Wears traditional male clothing - Everyone who had power represented themselves in this way • Frontally • Biological symmetry • Same body proportions for all sculptures • Almond eyes 2 Feb 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2016 • Beautiful sculpted chest, somewhat muscular - Thutmosis III • son of Hatshepsut (not by blood but by marriage) • very similar representation - Meant to view from the front - Headless with cobra at the top - Not soft, somewhat defined muscular features - Fairly symmetrical - Hard stone and visual similarity creates the illusion of stability and immortality Creating an obelisk • - go to quarry and take stones and carve the obelisk out. not known how they moved them. • Reading - Obelisk in New York - not crafted alone, generally made in pairs, flanked temples - Commissioned by Thutmosis III 18th dynasty - Made for temple in Aswan - Stayed there until conquered by Rome - Now at the MET - DAY 2: Egypt Cont. • Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV) 1353-1336 - 18th Dynasty - Many people were against him • focused on family and not on foreign policy 3 Feb 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2016 - Changed the religion of Egypt • God Aten (The Sun Disk) - Changed the capitol • Akhetaten • Didn’t change much about the architecture - Changed the Art Everything is elongated, stretched, more supple • - nose, eyes, face/chin, ears • More effeminate representation (androgynous) - not as muscular, large belly - Larger hips - Larger chest - more form fitting clothing • Different headdress • Similar - symmetry - Frontal - Made out of hard material that represents power and stability - Changed the way women were represented • Nefertiti - more realistic - recognizable (unlike the many pharaoh sculptures - Women were painted whiter than the men - Nefertiti sculpture vs Akhenaten • Nef - realistic 4 Feb 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2016 - natural posture and body - The head is elongated - Family life • playing together with their daughters • intimacy with the family • Akenhaten is very frail with and more feminine Playful • - Daughters • shown more playful • Elongated heads • darker skin • Tutankhamen - Son of Akenhaten through incest - Moved the capitol back to Thebes - short reign, about 10 years - died at 18 - DAY 3: The Assyrian Empire • Calah - 900 acres - mud brick wall, 120ft thick, 42ft tall, 5miles long - 879 BC - Festival • 69574 people - Citadel • Northwest Palace - A large courtyard and Throne room 5 Feb 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2016 - Many corridors that lead to the throne room • decorated ornate - Genies • Fontality • Poses all have one hand up and one hand down • All holding something in the hand, a bucket filled with pollen and a branch. Together they are gong to fertilize the tree of life • Put inscriptions right across the reliefs • Wings, signifier of a genie • Stylized, unrealistic muscles. Patterned and ornate Extremely detailed in an artistic stylized way • - Relief of the king • no horns • similar to genies - Lamassu • human headed winged lion • has 5 legs for the illusion of 4 legs from all sides • large • head done on the round, body done from the front • Always come in pairs • - Ziggurat large constructed temple • • Brings you up to the sky rather than funneling towards the center • Sculpture of Ashurnasirpal II, Neo-Assyrian, 883-859BC, made with Magnesite, 40” height 6 Feb 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2016 - Forcefully moved people from their homeland and mixed everyone he conquered together. Saw value in creating a diverse empire. - Magnesite isn’t hard like Egyptians, but it is difficult to ind. Assert power by using stone that is difficult to find - Holding a mace and a scythe. Represents military power and divine power, respectively. - Similarities/ Differences to Thutmosis III • stiff, arms close to the body • similar beard, slightly wider • Both presenting masculinity, broad shoulders, muscular • Not as defined as Thutmosis. • Assyrians use decoration on clothing to show power while Egyptians used the quality of the material 7


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