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The Amarna artistic style

The Amarna artistic style can trace it's origins back to the reign of Akhenaten's father, Amenhotep III. This saw the first deviations from the traditional art towards a more natural art. This included showing the King and his family for the first time in informal poses.

This photo shows the head of a colossal statue of Amenhotep III from the British Museum.


This statue from the Luxor museum is typical of Amarna art. The exaggerated features are present in many surviving statues of Akhenaten.

The style developed throughout Akhenaten's reign, although interestingly as his rule drew to a close the statues began to return to a more traditional, and less extreme, representation of the Pharaoh.

The extremes of the Amarna style are perhaps best typified by these two statues from the Cairo museum. Both show the king in a typical pose, but in the statue on the right the roundness of the hips is exaggerated to a point where the gender of the king becomes unclear. Notice also the lack of any 'external organs' on this statue.


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