Paper Title

[3.2] Religious Symbolism in The Amarna Style: Understanding Akhenaten

Location

IB 1014

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

January 2020

Disciplines

Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture | Classical Archaeology and Art History | Fine Arts | History | Other Religion | Sculpture

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

The 16 years that Akhenaten ruled Egypt - the Amarna Period - are widely regarded as one of the most turbulent periods in its history. In the fifth year of his rule, the New Kingdom pharaoh renamed himself, built a new capital city, and forced polytheistic Egypt into a monotheistic religion. In this period which began and ended with Akhenaten's rule, the empire was in turmoil but artists flourished. Depictions of the pharaoh changed wildly from depictions shown just a generation before, taking on an expressive form, and religion was closely tied to the Amarna Style as artists took care to depict Akhenaten as an androgynous figure for religious reasons. During the Amarna Period, Akhenaten's enforcement of the Aten as the sole deity of Egypt caused a dramatic change, both artistically and theologically.

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[3.2] Religious Symbolism in The Amarna Style: Understanding Akhenaten

IB 1014

The 16 years that Akhenaten ruled Egypt - the Amarna Period - are widely regarded as one of the most turbulent periods in its history. In the fifth year of his rule, the New Kingdom pharaoh renamed himself, built a new capital city, and forced polytheistic Egypt into a monotheistic religion. In this period which began and ended with Akhenaten's rule, the empire was in turmoil but artists flourished. Depictions of the pharaoh changed wildly from depictions shown just a generation before, taking on an expressive form, and religion was closely tied to the Amarna Style as artists took care to depict Akhenaten as an androgynous figure for religious reasons. During the Amarna Period, Akhenaten's enforcement of the Aten as the sole deity of Egypt caused a dramatic change, both artistically and theologically.