Ch 1: The Art of Ancient Egypt

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons to discover the styles of and cultural influences on Ancient Egypt's art and architecture. Check your understanding of the chapter's material by taking a short quiz after each lesson.

The Art of Ancient Egypt

When you think of Ancient Egypt, images of hieroglyphic writing and impressive pyramids likely come to mind. Yet there is much more to Egyptian art and architecture, which you'll find out by viewing the lessons in this chapter. You'll explore the styles and elements of paintings, relief carvings, temples and buildings. This chapter also covers the art influences and themes that reveal aspects of Ancient Egyptian culture and politics. By the time you study the video lessons, you'll know about topics such as:

  • What styles define Ancient Egyptian art
  • What characteristics describe Ancient Egyptian architecture
  • How Egyptian politics, cosmology and other cultural aspects impacted art
  • What artworks were created for Egyptian pharaohs
  • How Egyptian pyramids and temples were constructed
  • How Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic script developed

VideoObjective
Ancient Egyptian Art: History and StyleExplore the styles of Ancient Egyptian sculptures, paintings and pottery.
Ancient Egyptian Architecture: History, Characteristics & InfluencesDiscover the structural elements and cultural influences on Ancient Egyptian buildings.
Ancient Egyptian Buildings: Old, Middle, and New KingdomsLearn about the distinguishing features of Ancient Egypt's Old, Middle, and New Kingdom buildings.
How Art Relates to Egyptian Cosmology, the Afterlife, and KingshipExamine how Egyptians' conceptions of cosmology, kingship and the afterlife impacted their art.
Funerary Temples in Ancient EgyptExplore funerary temples, the purpose of mummification and the Egyptians' view of death.
Using Egyptian Art to Understand Ancient Egyptian History, Politics, and CultureTake a look at some important artworks and sites to learn more about Ancient Egyptian society.
Amarna Period: Definition, Art & QuizDiscover the styles and influences on artwork during Egypt's Amarna Period.
Egyptian Pharaohs: History, Facts & TimelineLearn about the impact pharaohs had on Ancient Egypt's society and culture.
The Art of Egyptian PharaohsExamine some of the notable artworks commissioned by pharaohs in ancient times.
Egyptian Pyramids: Definition, Facts & StructureGet details on the purpose, styles and construction of Ancient Egypt's pyramids.
The Luxor Temple in Egypt: Facts, Lesson & QuizStudy the purpose and structure of Egypt's Luxor Temple.
The Post-and-Lintel System of Egyptian ArchitectureFind out about the Ancient Egyptians' use of the post-and-lintel system in their buildings.
Realism in Egyptian Relief Carving and PaintingsExplore realism and the subjects that garnered attention in Ancient Egypt's paintings and relief carvings.
Egyptian Hieroglyphs: Definition, Meaning & SymbolsTrace the development of Egypt's form of writing known as hieroglyphic script.
Ancient Egyptian Papyrus: Paintings, Scrolls & QuizLearn how papyrus was made and its importance in Ancient Egypt.
The Rosetta Stone's Role in Understanding Egyptian ArtTake a look at how the Rosetta Stone's discovery was important in providing meaning to Ancient Egypt's art.

16 Lessons in Chapter 1: The Art of Ancient Egypt
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Ancient Egyptian Art: History and Style

1. Ancient Egyptian Art: History and Style

This lesson provides a brief look at the exquisite art of the Ancient Egyptians. Egyptian art contains images of people and deities that represent the culture in which they lived.

Ancient Egyptian Architecture: History, Characteristics & Influences

2. Ancient Egyptian Architecture: History, Characteristics & Influences

This lesson explores the architectural wonders of ancient Egypt. Some of these structures include temples, pyramids and monumental statues constructed long ago and surviving into modern times.

Ancient Egyptian Buildings: Old, Middle & New Kingdoms

3. Ancient Egyptian Buildings: Old, Middle & New Kingdoms

In this lesson, you will explore the architectural styles of the three most powerful periods of Ancient Egypt. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Ancient Egyptian Art & Architecture's Relationship to Their Cosmology & Rulers

4. Ancient Egyptian Art & Architecture's Relationship to Their Cosmology & Rulers

In this lesson, you will explore Egyptian cosmology and discover the links between their religion, pharaoh, art, and architecture. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Funerary Beliefs, Practices & Temples in Ancient Egypt

5. Funerary Beliefs, Practices & Temples in Ancient Egypt

In this lesson, you will explore the religious and funerary practices of the ancient Egyptians and discover how their architecture was influenced by these beliefs. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Ancient Egyptian Art & Architecture: History, Politics & Culture

6. Ancient Egyptian Art & Architecture: History, Politics & Culture

In this lesson, you will explore the rich traditions of ancient Egyptian art and architecture and discover what these can tell us about Egyptian life, politics, and culture.

Amarna Period: Definition & Art

7. Amarna Period: Definition & Art

In this lesson, you'll read about Egypt's Amarna Period, during which the pharaoh, Akhenaten, made revolutionary changes to Egyptian religion, art, and society, including moving the capital to a new city, Akhetaten (near the modern town of Amarna).

Egyptian Pharaohs: History, Facts & Timeline

8. Egyptian Pharaohs: History, Facts & Timeline

Learn about Ancient Egyptian society and the pharaohs. Explore the world of famous pharaohs such as King Menes, King Akhenaten, King Tutankhamen, and Queen Hatshepsut.

The Pharaohs as Patrons of the Arts

9. The Pharaohs as Patrons of the Arts

In this lesson, you will discover how the pharaohs of ancient Egypt used their power and wealth to become great patrons of the arts. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Egyptian Pyramids: Definition, Facts & Structure

10. Egyptian Pyramids: Definition, Facts & Structure

In this lesson, we will discuss the construction of the Egyptian pyramids. Learn about the evolution of pyramids from underground tombs to the true pyramid form.

The Luxor Temple in Egypt: Facts & Overview

11. The Luxor Temple in Egypt: Facts & Overview

The Luxor Temple was a religious temple complex built in honor of the Egyptian god Amon-Ra. Learn the features of the Egyptian temples by exploring the design of the Luxor Temple.

The Post-and-Lintel System of Egyptian Architecture

12. The Post-and-Lintel System of Egyptian Architecture

In this lesson, you'll explore how the ancient Egyptians used one of the basic forms of architecture to create new buildings on a massive scale. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Use of Realism in Ancient Egyptian Relief Carvings & Paintings

13. Use of Realism in Ancient Egyptian Relief Carvings & Paintings

In this lesson, you will explore when and why ancient Egyptian artists chose to create reliefs and paintings that embraced or challenged realistic appearances. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Egyptian Hieroglyphs: Definition, Meaning & Symbols

14. Egyptian Hieroglyphs: Definition, Meaning & Symbols

The Egyptian language, written in hieroglyphs, is fascinating. In this lesson we'll learn about the history and evolution of the language, about the writing system and how it works, and when and how the language was deciphered.

Ancient Egyptian Papyrus: Paintings & Scrolls

15. Ancient Egyptian Papyrus: Paintings & Scrolls

In this lesson we explore ancient Egyptian papyrus. One of the oldest writing mediums ever used, papyrus was highly prized in ancient Egyptian culture and its manufacture a closely guarded state secret.

The Rosetta Stone's Role in Understanding Egyptian Art

16. The Rosetta Stone's Role in Understanding Egyptian Art

In this lesson, you will discover the reason that the Rosetta Stone was such an important discovery and examine how it influenced an understanding of Egyptian art. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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