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.