Ap art history/ Ancient Egyptian Art Activity Sheets

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AP ART HISTORY/ Ancient Egyptian Art

Activity Sheets: 1:5, 1:6, 1:7, 1:8

Powerpoint lecture notes: 1:9, 1:9, 1:10, 1:11, 1:12

Dominant Theme: Art in the service of the Dead: a person’s life force “Ka,” the Sun God “Amen-Re,” eternal permanence, the afterlife

Objectives covered from Old Kingdom through New Kingdom

  1. Art in the service of the dead: Egyptian paintings and sculpture

  2. The distinct nature of Egyptian sculptural and painted representation (what constitutes Egyptian style? Name the specific characteristics and conventions)

  3. Pyramids and necropolis as centers for Egyptian art production

  4. Egyptian architecture in the service of the dead

  5. Imhotep: the first personality in art history

  6. The influence of the Old Kingdom on the Middle Kingdom is strong, but the Middle Kingdom establishes a different set of priorities in its artwork.

  7. Tombs are still important, but their character is changed from pyramids to rock-cut tombs

  8. The role of Women as commissioners of great works of art

  9. Hapshepsut as the first great woman ruler of Egypt and as a patron of the arts

  10. The new style of art under Akhenaton

Works of Art



  • 3 Great Pyramids of Gizeh (Khufu, Kahre, Menkaure)

  • Great Sphinx

  • Columns on the façade of the north palace of the mortuary precinct of Djoser (Zoser)

  • Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut

  • Temple of Ramses II

  • Temple of Amen-Re

  • Rock-cut Tombs


  • Hieroglyphics: Egyptian priest writing that uses pictures and symbols

  • Pharaoh: King of ancient Egypt

  • Engaged Column: a column that emerges from a wall, but is still attached to it

  • Mastaba: an early Egyptian tomb with a flat rectangular shape

  • Necropolis: a large burial complex

  • Sarcophagus: a coffin, usually made of stone

  • Reserve Column: a column from the rock, and having no support function

  • In situ: its original place, in its original position

  • Hypostyle: an Egyptian hall having a roof supported by closely spaced colums

  • Pylon: A monumental entrance to an Egyptian temple

List all conventions:

Frontal or profile view (Sculpture no to viewed in the round)

Composite views

Conceptual art

List Symbols used in Egyptian Art (Think of the sons/daughters of Amen-Re, scarabs, cobra, cloth headdress, etc…)

List all innovations:

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