Akhenaten and his life under the Sun Print The Amarna period, roughly BCE, introduced a new form of art that completely contradicted what was known and revered in the Egyptian culture. The pharaoh Amenhotep IV not only changed his name from Amenhotep to Akhenaten, and the religion of ancient Egypt from polytheistic to monotheistic, but he also challenged the norm of Egyptian society by depicting his reign in a vastly different way from the rulers who came before him. Relief portrait of Akhenaten in the typical Amarna period style.
History From Above Famed throughout the ancient world for her outstanding beauty, Akhenaten's queen Nefertiti remains the one of the most well known of the queens of Egypt.
The famous statue of Nefertiti, found in a sculptors workshop in Akhetaten, is one of the most immediately recognisable icons from this period of history.
It has escaped the excesses of the Amarna artistic style, and survived the wholesale destruction of Akhenaten's monuments after his death.
Little is known about the origins of Nefertiti but it seems unlikely that she Amarna style of royal blood. Akhenaten and Nefertiti had six daughters, although the succession after his death is uncertain as there is no record of a male heir.
It is possible that Akhenaten's successors Smenkhkare and Tutankhaten were his children by another royal wife called Kiya who became his principle queen for a short while after year 12 of his reign.
Nefertiti seems to have taken a hitherto unprecedented level of importance in the Amarna period art.
As in the example shown above from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford she is often shown making offerings to the Aten, and appears to be almost the Pharaohs equal in terms of status. As with Akhenaten there is no trace of Nefertiti's mummy.
Some jewelry bearing her cartouche was found outside the royal tomb at Akhetaten but there is no real evidence that she was buried there. From surviving record it seems she either fell from favor or died at around year 12 of Akhenaten's reign. In this case her burial may have been elsewhere. It is interesting to consider that the busts on this page were found in a sculptors workshop at Akhetaten.
It seems that when the city was abandoned they were left behind because such was the anti Atenist feelings that no one wanted them.He also instituted new artistic styles that deviated from the canonic style that had dominated in Egypt with few changes for the previous two millennia.
Definition of the Amarna Period. Nefertiti seems to have taken a hitherto unprecedented level of importance in the Amarna period art.
As in the example shown above from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford she is often shown making offerings to the Aten, and appears to be almost the Pharaohs equal in terms of status.
a m a r n a r o y a l t o m b s p r o j e c t valle y of the kings occasional paper no. 1 the burial of nefertiti? This is an illustrated essay discussing the art of the Amarna period in Ancient Egypt, changes in style in this period, and common motifs from the period.
Amarna style: Amarna style, revolutionary style of Egyptian art created by Amenhotep IV, who took the name Akhenaton during his reign (–36 bce) in the 18th dynasty. Akhenaton’s alteration of the artistic and religious life of ancient Egypt was drastic, if short-lived. His innovations were centred upon a new.
Amarna (/ ə ˈ m ɑːr n ə /; Arabic: العمارنة , translit. al-ʿamārnah) is an extensive Egyptian archaeological site that represents the remains of the capital city newly established ( BC) and built by the Pharaoh Akhenaten of the late Eighteenth Dynasty, and abandoned shortly after his death ( BC).