Examiner.com (Sofia Ambrosia)
Atlanta arts and antiquities lovers, the Metropolitan Museum of Art debuts its impressive new exhibitions entitled, The Dawn of Egyptian Art, opening up the extensive collection to the press for a preview on April 2, 2012 in New York City.
Egyptian artifacts and artworks from the Nile Valley dating from 4,000 to 2,649 B.C. are being featured in the exhibition which runs from April 10 through August 5, 2012.
The Met describes its Dawn of Egyptian Art exhibition to include objects and art which were the result of the Egyptian civilization recording their beliefs through paintings, reliefs and sculptures they made for their shrines and tombs.
One can see how these beliefs and world view changed over the millennia through their artforms.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Some 180 examples of the very earliest works of Egyptian art—created in the Predynastic and Early Dynastic periods, around 4400 B.C.–2649 B.C. (the end of Dynasty 2) from throughout Egypt—will be featured in the exhibition The Dawn of Egyptian Art, opening April 10, 2012, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Outstanding examples of sculpture, painting, and relief from the collections of the Metropolitan and 11 other museums in the United States and Europe have been gathered for this presentation.
“Visitors who are familiar with the appearance of hieroglyphs and other later Egyptian artistic expressions will be surprised by these early works, which are very different in scale, style, and subject matter,” commented exhibition organizer Diana Craig Patch. “Yet, if we look closely at this early art, we can already detect the origins of certain signs in later hieroglyphic writing and of some symbols and concepts associated with ancient Egyptian rulers and the gods. The Predynastic and Early Dynastic period was a time of great creativity, before the ‘typically Egyptian’ forms became codified. Yet, because of the rarity of these objects and lack of inscriptions, we cannot always explain what they meant to the early Egyptians.”
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