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Before the portrayal of the human body can be critiqued you must understand the artists culture As man evolved over centuries his views of the body also transformed Our tour definitely showed the drastic changes in different cultures art Each culture and era presents very distinct characteristics Through time and experimentation we have expressed our views of the human body clearly with our art Egyptians were the first people to make a large impact on the world of art Egyptians needed art for their religious beliefs more than decoration or self-gratification The most important aspect of Egyptian life is the ka the part of the human spirit that lives on after death The ka needed a physical place to occupy or it would disappear Most of the important men of Egypt paid to have their body carved out of stone That was were the spirit would live after the man dies They used stone because it was the strongest material they could find Longevity was very important The bodies are always idealized and clothed Figures are very rigid close-fisted and are built on a vertical axis to show that the person is grand or intimidating Most of the figures were seen in the same profile of the legs frontal view of the torso and profile of the head Like most civilizations Egyptians put a lot of faith in gods The sky god Horus a bird is found in a great amount of Egyptian art Little recognition was ever given to the artists The emphasis was on the patronEarly Greek art was greatly influenced by the Egyptians Geography permitted both cultures to exchange their talents The beginning of Greek art is marked by the Geometric phase The most common art during the Geometric phase was vase painting After the vase was formed but before it was painted the artist applied a slip dark pigment to outside Then the vase was fired and the artist would incise
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