Akhenaten, one of the most famous pharaohs of Ancient Egypt and instigator of a radical cultural and spiritual revolution. In a very religious and traditional Egypt, he distilled and streamlined the religion of his ancestors, advancing a monotheistic core over ritual fragmentation and calling for a direct experience of the divine by regaining spiritual control from earthly institutions. Prophet or poet for some, madman and a fool for others, for the 17 years of his reign, Akhenaten was engaged in a draining struggle with the Amun ruling clergy. With the mesmerizing Nefertiti by his side, he built a new capital, Amarna, and transferred the court there from Thebes. His passionate conviction also gave birth to a new light, elegant and realistic art style that came to be known as the Amarna art. Unsurprisingly, Akhenaten’s reign ended with a coup and much of the Amarna art was destroyed. That is, until 3000 years later, to the end of the 19th century, the British Egyptologist Petrie Flinders discovered the temple of Aten in Amarna, reigniting the interest in the enigmatic pharaoh.
Inspired by the statue of an unknown Amarna-era princess, most probably Nefertiti or one of her daughters. New Kingdom, Amarna period, 18th dynasty, circa 1345 B.C. Currently displayed at the Egyptian Museum in Berlin.
Fine art print made on archival fine art Japanese Epson paper.
Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered by the artist.
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Dina Shalaby is a Russian-Egyptian visual artist focusing on modern art inspired by Ancient Egypt. Using mixed media and her deep passion for pharaonic Egypt, she creates pieces inspired by the past and with a story for the future. With a major in journalism, a master’s in international business and seven years at an international management consulting firm across three continents, Dina converted to her art passion a year ago and currently lives between Cairo and New York. She recently held her debut exhibition and hopes to continue exploring and sharing the universal beauty, timeless wisdom and inspiration of Ancient Egypt through her work.