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Art

Since the dawn of human existence and literally thousands of years before written
languages developed, people have used their surroundings as a canvas for expression.


Art has changed a great deal since it began many centuries ago. Centuries, however, are
not necessary to notice the small changes that are evident even between cultures of
similar times.


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.

Early 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.
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