Akhenaten–The Avant-Garde Artist

As our examination of Akhenaten continues, we turn our attention to Akhenaten’s artistic side. In addition to the political and religious changes he initiated, Akhenaten completely revolutionized established artistic convention. For a conservative society built on decorum and maintaining the status quo, what would cause a new king to adopt a new, grotesque, alienesque form of portraiture for himself and the royal family? Was he a sick pharaoh suffering from a disease, or was he attempting to communicate something else? That’s what we’ll get into on this episode of Eric’s Guide to Ancient Egypt.

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