On 07 June 2013 at 15:00

Dessiner l’architecture en Egypte ancienne

Ms. Florence Doyen

The drawing surface being flat and by essence two dimensional, the ancient Egyptian artists developed a distinctive way of rendering the three dimensional reality : they choose the combination of different points of view to express the most complete data about the depicted subject, whether it is animated, such the human body, or not, such as an architectural structure.

By adopting the very characteristic aspect of each element depicted, they combined various angles of view : the composite image, thus rendered, was ascribed as ‘aspective’ in egyptological studies.

Several temple and tomb scenes provided representational evidence of domestic, palatial and religious architecture. These scenes exhibit architectural features such as columns or pillars, courts, pylons, porticoes, doors and clerestory windows, stairs and ramps, different purposed rooms of the temples or chapels and shrines, of palaces and private houses (columned halls, cultic places, storerooms, private apartments such as bedrooms).

A building can be considered from outside as a block, or from inside with the detailed depiction of different spaces. The architectural drawing combined together side view, front view, both in elevation, and ground plan or view from above.

The talk will address the question how to read an architectural drawing and will tend to a comprehensive view of varied representational evidences.



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On 07 June 2013 at 15:00

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Ms. Florence Doyen