LECTURE: The Art of Interior Design for the Afterlife: The Private Tomb of Menna on the West Bank of Luxor Find us
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 1:30 p.m.
Wall painting in the Tomb of Menna
Presenter: Dr. Melinda Hartwig, Associate Professor, Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Art & Archaeology, Georgia State University
Chapter: Orange County, California; sponsored by Ian Chou and Debra Moore
Location: Bowers Museum, Norma Kershaw Auditorium, 2002 N. Main, Santa Ana, California
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Parking is $6, refundable with validation from Tangata Restaurant.
Description: Dr. Melinda Hartwig's much-anticipated talk is about the tomb chapel of Menna (TT 69), Superintendent of the estates of the King and Amun, Scribe of the estates in the North and the South (mid-18th Dynasty). This noble's iconic, much visited, gorgeously painted tomb has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Before Dr. Hartwig's project, the tomb had never been systematically recorded or fully documented. From 2007-2010, in a joint ARCE-Georgia State University-USAID project, our speaker directed the deployment of the most modern technology to analyze this tomb. The studies are so detailed, they reveal the brush strokes of different painters.
Because Menna's tomb shows his daily life and his working life, it reveals much about the time in which he lived, under Pharaoh Thutmose IV. If you've been to the Tomb of Menna, you will learn new information; if you haven't, the paintings are eye candy! Come and enjoy them.
About the Speaker: Dr. Hartwig received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, in Near Eastern Art and Archaeology with an emphasis on Ancient Egypt. In addition to serving as principal investigator and director for "The Tomb of Menna (TT 69) 2006-09 Conservation and Documentation Project." Dr. Hartwig has curated several exhibitions, including "Glories of Ancient Egypt" and "Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Egyptian Art from The British Museum."
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS
The International Council of Museums, in an effort to fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods, compiles the Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk. This list aims to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Egyptian objects that are protected by national and international legislations. View the Red List for Egypt.