Facts about Egyptian Gods Art
Egyptian Gods Art Fact 1:
The Skin color of Male gods were usually painted in a dark red -brown color (the gods Osiris and Ptah are notable exceptions)
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 2:
|The Skin of Goddesses were painted in a yellow or light brown color
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 3:
|The figures of the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt were usually drawn in profile against a flat background, with just one eye visible and both shoulders shown front facing
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 4:
|The arms of the deities generally had to be visible to right and left of the body
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 5:
|The legs of the deities generally were shown to the best advantage when viewed sidewise, so the artists of ancient Egypt always depicted them in this style depicting parted legs (where not seated)
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 6:
|The deities depicted with animal heads represented the attributes of the deities and their domains
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 7:
|The colors were all symbolic and had different meanings. The Basic colors used in Egyptian Gods Art were white, red, yellow, black, blue and green
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 8:
|The Art students of ancient Egypt produced their work in black, which was cheap and readily available. The master craftsman corrected errors in red!
- Art Students used slabs of limestone or cheap drawing boards
- Reeds were used as paint brushes which varied in size according to the size of the stem
- The artists used oblong wooden palettes which contained a groove where the brush could be rested
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 9:
|The crowns and headdresses depicted in Egyptian Gods Art were all symbolic and had different meanings. The different types of crowns and headdresses identified the wearer, the status, the cult location and the identity of the god
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 10:
|The items carried by, or surrounding the deities were highly symbolic. Refer to articles on:
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 11:
|After painting, a varnish was usually applied as a protective coating
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 12:
|The characteristic outlines used when painting figures were capable of being easily reproduced in pure line upon a flat surface
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 13:
|The artists of Ancient Egypt used their own rules of perspective, completely different to modern perspective rules
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 14:
|Horizontal and vertical reference lines were used by artists in order to maintain correct proportions of the images.
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 15:
|The art style adopted by the artists of Ancient Egypt resulted in somewhat 'stilted' forms which were caused by a lack of perspective.
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 16:
|The statues and bas-reliefs which decorated the temples and tombs were made of sandstone, limestone or wood. Upon completion the statues and bas-reliefs were either painted or, in many cases, the natural color of stones such as granite, basalt, diorite and alabaster were also used instead of paint.
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 17:
|The sculptors of ancient Egypt therefore produced the statue or prepared the tomb surface and his work was followed by that of the painter. Gifted artists were adept at both sculpting and painting.
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 18:
|The highly stylized and symbolic techniques of ancient Egyptian art was used, with little deviation, for nearly 3000 years.
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 19:
|There was a divergence from the strict form and styles applied to Egyptian art during the transient Armana art period. Armana art period emerged during the reign of Akhenaten, the heretic Pharaoh and the father of Tutankhamen. Armana was the site of a city entirely built under the instructions of Akhenaten and a new art style developed in this period
|Egyptian Gods Art Fact 20:
|Akhenaten instigated radical changes in art and how people were portrayed. Gone were the stylised images of kings and pharaohs, who were only depicted as perfect, dignified young men, to be replaced with a far more realistic approach with everyday scenes and images
Facts about Egyptian Gods Art