Probably one of the most interesting parts in ancient Egypt’s long and illustrious history is the Amarna Period. A truly fascinating period in time.
Not only was there a huge upheaval in the religious system orchestrated by Akhenaten, but the Egyptian art style took on an extreme tangent - very suddenly.
This tangent is known as Amarna Art or Amarna Style. Traditional Egyptian art was famously slow to alter but the Amarna style took on a sudden change from its predecessor.
It is usually characterised by a sense of movement and realism. The human body was portrayed differently. Figures would have exaggerated features and long slender extremities. One of the most famous pieces of art to come out of this period is Nefertiti’s Bust - pictured above.
Statues of Akhenaten show him as a more feminine character. He is shown with round hips, an elongated face, lacking in muscular tone and even pronounced breasts.
This androgynous portrayal is in part due to the new religion that Akhenaten set in place.
After Akhenaten died, Egypt’s art style went back to its traditional roots. The Amarna style would be lost until artefacts were discovered thousands of years later.