Kings and queens had skinny chests and shoulders, and massive hips, thighs and buttocks.A short shock Akenhaten's willingness to ditch tradition altogether was a forerunner of things to come.
The empire that the Pharaohs expanded through diplomacy, trade and war brought Egypt centuries of political stability and prosperity.
Money poured into Egypt from its foreign lands, particularly Nubia, home to the richest gold mines in the ancient world.
The pharaohs also controlled the news through carvings on the temple walls - an early form of propaganda.
Pharaohs - particularly Hatshepsut and Ramesses II - used this power of information to its full capacity , to legitimize their own reign and to rewrite failures into glorious successes.
As Ancient Egyptian Art spans a wide time frame, a thematic approach is helpful to conceptually link the wide range of objects that will be viewed during the lecture.
An icebreaker to begin the lecture might be to simply ask what students associate with the art of ancient Egypt.Art evolves Yet Egyptian art did evolve over the years.During the reign of Hatshepsut, portraits of both men and women became more feminine, with heart-shaped faces, arched eyebrows and kindly smiles. New portraits of the royal family replaced graceful images with shocking new pictures.During the Arab Spring, and in its still-unstable aftermath, the role of the artist is still important, giving voice to political opinion and potentially stabilizing or subverting power.You might begin the lesson by asking the students what they know about the Arab Spring or about the activities in Tahrir Square.For example, what does it mean to view funerary objects in a museum, as opposed to within sealed tombs that were never meant to be seen by the public?At the time of uploading this content, newspaper headlines reflect the state of civil turmoil in present-day Egypt.Giving thanks, looking good Much of this money was used by the pharaohs to give thanks to the gods who had helped them in their success.Commissioning magnificent buildings and statues, obelisks and temples gave pharaohs the opportunity to show off their wealth and generosity to their own people, as well as to visitors from other lands.The Colossi of Memnon dominated the plains around Thebes, while the temples for the pharaoh and his wife, Queen Tiy, set new standards in royal opulence.But even these were overshadowed by the building program of Ramesses II.