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. Digitally edited print of original drawing by artist made on papyrus using acrylic, ink and marker.
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.
Having always been at the intersection of two opposite worlds, be it cultures, creeds, values, or expressions – harmonizing differences has become a way of life. Regardless of the what and where, she always perceived herself as a bridge and an interpreter.
After a long journey of trying to find acceptance for contradictions within oneself and others, she finally stumbled upon that Holy Grail, and it turned to be right here, home, only a few millennia back.
To this day, Ancient Egypt remains a mighty master in the realm of tolerance, harmony and acceptance where duality is not only tolerated but glorified as the motor of Life. This was the door through which Dina embarked on her art journey a few years ago.
Dina has an infatuation with materials that were extensively used by Ancient Egyptians, especially cartonnage / papier mâché, gold leaf and papyrus. She also loves creating digitally enhanced replicas of her handmade work.
Dina held two solo exhibitions in Cairo at Fabrika Media & Arts Center in March 2019 and Nout Art Gallery in October 2020. She took part in five group exhibitions including in Nut Art Gallery, Luxor Art gallery (Daughters of The Nile, Nov2019) and Nun art Gallery (Jan 2022, Feb 2020). She also shares her art through her online platform malakoot.art