Concurrent to the Minoans, the Egyptian Civilization thrived to the Southeast. For thousands of years, due to stable climate conditions within the pyramids and tombs, countless works of art survived the ravages of time. Unfortunately, once discovered by 18th and 19th century grave robbers, many of these works were stolen or vandalized. Only until the latter part of the 19th century were the remaining works finally protected from further devastation.
Egyptian painting did not exist solely as decoration or as art for art’s sake, but as communication through pictorial diagram. Over the centuries, continuity was critical so that representations created by thousands of artisans had to be locked into specific guidelines so as not to be ambiguous.
Murals used to portray images of religious or everyday functions had the specific ritual purpose to depict the lives of pharaohs and the wealthy to the deities in the abstract world of the after-life.
Human images were represented by strict stylistic rules. They are portrayed by what was considered the typical aspect of each feature. Heads are in profile with half a mouth but with a full front eye and eyebrow. The torso from the shoulders to the waist are full front view, but from the waist down features are shown in profile. Hand and foot positions, action and gesture all conformed to standards which in realistic terms would be viewed as mistakes.
Natural and inanimate objects were rendered with no depth and from the most identifiable plane. However, as time passed, Egyptian artist began to transform mere reporting into a dynamic and vivid art form. The color, design and craft of the ancient artisans reveal a captivating record of a remarkable civilization. View our other unique art collections.
Inspired by the artistry and imagery of these ancient Greek, Egyptian and Roman paintings, Ancient Artifice is creating amazing replicas history's rediscovered images. Each is meticulously handcrafted by Linda Rosato and Tom Wehr resulting in a custom, one-of-a-kind work of ancient art for you to cherish and enjoy for years to come. We are continually adding new images to our existing collections. Select from our current offerings or we can work with you to produce a totally custom piece. Please contact us with any questions or requests you may have. We're looking forward to hearing about your project ideas!