(Turner, 505) Canons were implemented for Egyptian Art. Polytheism can be seen throughout Egyptian Art. Sculptures and paintings were of one god, but there were many gods in Egyptian society. An example would be The Palette of King Narmer. (See Figure 1) Egyptian art is continuous with the exception of Akhenaton.
A sliver in Egyptian history, the Akhenaton period or the Age of Armana, cuts away from mainstream Egyptian art. Originally named Amenhotep IV, he changed his named to Akhenaton ("one who serves AtenaE) when he converted Egyptian society from polytheism to monotheism . (Janson, 66) The Armana era was a time for depicting different concepts in art. Naturalism is introduced into Akhenaton's art, along with different perspective and openness that was barred in previous times. Akhenaton's radical change from Egyptian mainstream could be that he had Marfan syndrome . This may have influenced art during this time because if the art continued to be a canon, Akhenation would be depicted as the complete opposite. Akhenaton wanted to show his disease and therefore changed the canon in Egyptian Art and made it more naturalistic by the curves in his body a