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October 15, 2019, 9:08 pm UTC    
August 06, 2007 06:34PM
I understand. But the idea is that artwork by itself is not always the best guide to a historical persons actual appearance. Retouching, defacement, time, age, artistic styles, taste, beliefs, cosmology and politics all have a lot to do with how people were portrayed in the ancient world. These considerations are a form of "retouching" or altering reality through artistic means in order to fit a particular mold. Therefore, given that other considerations were often at play when creating images of a given person, it is warranted that one approaches such analysis with caution and actually understand that those other concerns are just as important from a historical and anthropological perspective as the "realism" or accuracy of the artwork itself.

I would bet that for most pharaohs after a certain period in Egypt's dynastic history a standard portrait template was designed and used on all monuments for that ruler. This template would have been the basis of all the works done in the kingdom and probably would not have been a unflattering view of the person in question. Such templates would facilitate the massive construction projects featuring images of the particular individual(s) and not require that the actual person be there for every portrait. Similar "templates" were done for the nobles and other persons who had works constructed, like tombs and the like.

I am also quite certain that said artists could also do near lifelike quality work, approaching that of Greece or Rome, if given the commission to do such work outside of religious or political usage, but those would be art for arts sake and would not have survived like the "official" monuments. But given that craftsmen were so heavily employed doing official construction projects and tombs, it may not have been very likely that they had a lot of extra time to do finely detailed individual portraits purely for art's sake.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 08/06/2007 06:41PM by Doug M.
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Hans April 24, 2019 05:32PM

Oh Yeah?

Warwick L Nixon April 30, 2019 01:16PM



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