Title

A Hidden Motive: Royal Egyptian Women Defining Power Through Art

Presenting Author Name/s

Heather Nygaard

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Jared Benton

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Disciplines

History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

Description/Abstract

Art played a key role in establishing power for ancient Egyptian royalty. Their art portrayed an idealized reality, with carefully formulated imagery that fit the needs of rulers to maintain order and substantiate their right to rule. The artifacts they left behind provide insight into their lives and customs, but is it possible to glean truth from imagery based in falsehoods? Ancient Egyptian women in power as queens and kings used various approaches to their portraiture to establish their positions as rulers by stepping away from the traditional formula with an intention to fit their individual needs and ambitions.

Session Title

Art History 1

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library Conference Room 1306

Start Date

2-2-2019 9:00 AM

End Date

2-2-2019 10:00 AM

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A Hidden Motive: Royal Egyptian Women Defining Power Through Art

Learning Commons @ Perry Library Conference Room 1306

Art played a key role in establishing power for ancient Egyptian royalty. Their art portrayed an idealized reality, with carefully formulated imagery that fit the needs of rulers to maintain order and substantiate their right to rule. The artifacts they left behind provide insight into their lives and customs, but is it possible to glean truth from imagery based in falsehoods? Ancient Egyptian women in power as queens and kings used various approaches to their portraiture to establish their positions as rulers by stepping away from the traditional formula with an intention to fit their individual needs and ambitions.