Ink | Acrylic | Watercolor Paper
'Field of Dreams, Akhenaten's Amarna'
37.5 x 52.5 inches, archival ink and acrylic paint on Arches watercolor paper.
The painting combines a fresco, the partial plan of the city of Amarna, limestone torsos and the sculpted hands of Pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti. The fresco was recovered from the King’s House at Amarna, showing Akhenaten and Nefertiti’s two youngest daughters Nefernefrure and Setepenre.
Akhenaten built an entire new city, Amarna, a utopia, dedicated to his new religion of worship to the Aten, the sun god. Akhenaten and Nefertiti are the parents of Tutankamun. The city of Amarna was built as the new capital of the Akhenaten,
During the reign of Akhenaten the art took on a sensitivity and intimacy not before seen. This period which spanned from 1353 till 1335 BC is also known as the Amarna period.
The painting contains gold and silver paint which emulates Electrum, a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver. In Egypt electrum was used in coins and sometimes as an exterior coating to the pyramids and obelisks.