Art in Ancient Egypt

The principal task of art in Ancient Egypt was the glorification of the divine pharaoh. The art secured his living on beyond death. Great temples of the dead and gigantic grave complexes with monumental statues and reliefs remain in evidence today. Entire cities were created to accommodate the people who worked on these temple complexes and graves. In them lived architects, bricklayers and stonemasons, sculptors, craftsmen and artisans, priests and servants -whose single purpose in life was the immortalisation of the pharaoh in art. His living on was to the benefit of the entire people. Art depicted, above all, him and the gods.

 

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