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Temple reliefs provide a rare glimpse into how artists made ancient Egyptian Art

Temple reliefs provide a rare glimpse into how artists made ancient Egyptian Art. Novice artists carved parts of the body, while more experienced sculptors worked on faces, among archaeologist’s discoveries at the mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut.

Art at the Chapel of Hatshepsut. Differing quality suggests the left wig was made by an apprentice, the right by a master
© Maciej Jawornicki

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/11/17/temple-reliefs-provide-a-rare-glimpse-into-the-making-of-ancient-egyptian-art

The Art Newspaper wrote about temple reliefs provide a rare glimpse into how artists made ancient Egyptian Art. If you would like to read their article, please follow the above link.

“An archaeologist documenting painted carvings in Egypt has reconstructed the working methods of the ancient artists who created them. The research, published in the journal Antiquity, reveals how Egyptian artists organised their work, and that apprentices received on the job training from masters. Although archaeologists already understood the production stages of Egyptian art, it is rare to find evidence for it in finished works.”

They go into more detail saying that “The reliefs cover the walls of a chapel within the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut—a female pharaoh who reigned from around 1473-1458 BC—and show a procession of 200 offering bearers, split over three registers across two walls. The temple stands on the west bank of the Nile at Luxor, close to the Valley of the Kings.”

It is quite impressive that even so many years later, we are able to achieve reconstructions of the working methods of ancient artists.

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