Use of Realism in Ancient Egyptian Relief Carvings & Paintings


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What was ancient Egypt?

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1. Why was realism important in tomb art?

2. Which of these was not often depicted in Egyptian art with a high level of realism?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Ancient Egyptian artists used a combination of realistic detail, idealized features and a set code of colors, poses and scale to create portraits that were typically used in tombs and burial sites. This lesson looks at the purpose of Egyptian portraiture and the different stylistic elements artists used to achieve their goals.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

As part of this lesson, you'll be quizzed on the following aspects of Egyptian portraiture:

  • The role of realism in Egyptian art
  • Definition of hierarchical scale
  • The dates that define Ancient Egyptian civilization
  • Realistic elements in this type of art
  • Traditional poses in Egyptian art

Skills Practiced

  • Intrepreting information - see if you can read information about Egyptian portraiture and understand the key points
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain the use and purpose of realism in this form of art
  • Information recall - access your knowledge on the techniques and conventions used in Egyptian portraits

Additional Learning

To learn more about ancient Egyptian art and portraits, check out the lesson, Use of Realism in Ancient Egyptian Relief Carvings & Paintings. This lesson will help you with the following goals:

  • Understand the purpose of Egyptian portraiture
  • Explain the role of realism in this art
  • Describe the use of color in ancient Egyptian portraits
  • Explain the significance of the size of figures depicted in Egyptian art
  • Describe how Egyptian artists portrayed figures in two-dimensional art forms