The impact of social aspects

In the prehistoric times people were able to create both very truthful and aesthetically attractive images of animals, these were a direct reflection of their animistic world outlook. Although the ancient Egypt art appears to a modern eye somewhat stiff and deeply associated with the religious outlook of these people, the Egyptians have been able to create many specimens of truly beautiful art as the bust of Nefertity, which is still after more than 3000 years an object of our admiration. While the aesthetic sense and the understanding of what is truth are almost unconscious qualities inherent to any human being, those who are the clients of the artists (apart from the prehistoric times) are as a rule rich individuals possessing both the means to purchase the art objects, and the leisure to contemplate and enjoy the created objects: royal persons, the Church, aristocracy or wealthy merchants and etc. The taste, the needs, and the customs of these circles, influenced by the world outlook typical for the time and culture (zeitgeist), served as a source or a driving force (market force) which should have been satisfied by the art creators of time. As long as this social structure was intact, the taste of the public, and the formative features of the art objects were less induced to change.

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