Art Essay questions:
- Discuss the main features of King Zoser’s (Djoser’s) mortuary complex at Saqqara, how the complex expresses the Egyptian view of the role of the Pharaoh, and how the features of Saqqara point forward to subsequent art and architecture. Please include specific details in your essay to support your descriptions and main points.
- Choose two of the following periods or cultures, and discuss how the content of art (subject matter) reflects the central concerns of society, and how the style and form (way that the content is conveyed) may be interpreted to express the character of the society: Cave paintings (Ice Age art), Sumerian art, Amarna period in Egypt, Minoan art.
- Discuss the main features of Queen Hatshepsut’s mortuary complex at Deir el-Bahri. How does the complex express the Egyptian view of the role of the Pharaoh? How does it express the Hatshepsut’s own interests? What was new and what was traditional in the design? Please include specific details in your essay to support your descriptions and main points.