Ancient Egyptian art has many distinctive features, one being the use of multiple points of view. This can be seen in painting where the arms are depicted from the side and other body parts, such as the shoulder face towards the front. Look at the faces especially. In the video below, the narrator asks us to consider why the Egyptian style (of the human body) never changed.


Scenes painted on white plaster. The mastaba of the official and priest Fetekti. Fifth Dynasty. Abusir necropolis, Egypt.

The one below shows an interesting mix of perspectives. Notice the water in this one

"Pond in a Garden" (fresco from the Tomb of Nebamun)

“Pond in a Garden” (fresco from the Tomb of Nebamun)

 For more art, check out the Virtual Egyptian Museum.

To Ponder:

Why do you think Egyptians depicted the human body and landscape this way? What does it allow you to see that is missing from your everyday viewing of the world? What does it hide? How does this compare to classical “birds-eye-views” or aboriginal works with a horizontal view?

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