Metropolitan Museum of Art Research Paper

During my trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I observed many interesting paintings, sculptures, and artifacts.The two exhibits I chose to do my report on were “Anonymous Official,” from the thirteenth dynasty in Egypt, (1783 B.C.), and “Head from a Herm” from the early Greek civilization, ( first quarter of the fifth century). (The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide, Howard, pg. 306)I chose these two particular exhibits because of their faces.The way the human face is portrayed is an excellent way to figure out how humans were perceived in these specific time periods.You can compare the two different faces from the two different time periods, and compare and contrast the two time periods.
The Egyptian and the Greek time periods were, to me, the most interesting of all the others we have studied.Many of the philosophies and governmental policies that were used then are still used today.The Greeks had first used democracy, and the Egyptians believed in monotheism, which is the belief that there is only one god, which many Americans believe today. While we may have adopted beliefs and governmental policies from these time periods, they were very different from each other.The way that the two civilizations classify their leaders is a good example.
The sculpture of”Anonymous Official” is the upper torso of an Egyptian man.This man’s face has deep facial furrows and almond-shaped eyes.The sculpture also has a straight nose and a narrow chin.These facial features are the way that Egyptians depicted normalcy.There was a second sculpture, identical to the first one that was believed to be a relative of the man because they were found together and they looked so very similar.The Egyptians were a very isolated culture.They did not like foreigners to impede on their land.The Egyptian rule was broken down into three subdivisions of time.The first was the Old Kingdom (3000-2155 B.C.), followed by the Middle…


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