Topic One

Amarna Period
The Amarna Period took place during the Eighteenth Dynasty in Ancient Egypt. It was best known due to the reign of Amenhotep IV (who later changed his name to Akhenaten) who redirected the Egyptian religion into a more monotheistic faith centered around the god Aten. Other major rulers during this period included Amenhotep III and Tutankhamun, who marked the end of the period and the migration back to traditional values and religion.
Art in the Amarna Period
Art during the Amarna Period usually portrayed human subjects as sickly and weak, with elongated faces and distended stomachs. This contrasted drastically from the traditional canon of proportions of earlier periods. Also, women were more often shown in art compared to the earlier dynasties. Women, such as Akhenaten's wife Nefertiti were shown with seemingly the same authority as men.

Topic Two

Many architectural structures from this period did not survive due to the deterioration of the bricks used. Temples from this period varied from earlier structures as they contained multiple altars, no closing doors, sanctuaries open to the sun, and were smaller in comparison.
Small Aten Temple-


Sculptures in the Amarna Period differed from those of any other period in Ancient Egypt, and were easily identified due to distinguishable characteristics. Human sculptures were shown with narrow necks, scrawny arms, large ears, and large thighs. The depiction of
unusually full lips is one convention that survived after end of this period, as it is seen in the funerary mask of King Tut.

Two of Akhenaten’s daughters-
Stokstad, Marilyn, Marion Spears. Grayson, and Stephen Addiss. "Ancient Egyptian Art." Art History. 3rd ed. New York: H.N. Abrams, 1995. Print.

By: Jamie Morecraft