LECTURE: The Saviors of Egyptian Tomb Paintings, A Look at the Work of Norman and Nina de Garis Davies, in the early 1900’s Find us
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2013, 1:30 p.m.
Norman And Nina De Garis Davies In The Early 1900s
Presenter: Dr. Nigel Strudwick, visiting Professor, Department of History, University of Memphis TN. Formerly Assistant Keeper of the Egyptian Department, British Museum, London
Chapter: Orange County, California; Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cherchian and Robin Young
Location: Bowers Museum, Norma Kershaw Auditorium, 2002 N. Main, Santa Ana, California
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Description: For over thirty years, in the early 1900’s, a plucky husband and wife team traveled all over Egypt, in partnership with American and British museums and institutions, copying hundreds of wall paintings from Ancient Egyptian tombs. Norman and Nina de Garis Davies well deserve the accolade of Saviors of Egyptian Wall Painting, because a hundred years later, their copies are all that are left of all too many of these fragile paintings. Without their work, dozens of important images and texts would have been lost for study by present day students and Egyptologists. Vandalism, theft, pollution, weather changes, have all damaged onsite art works in Egypt. The science of copying inscriptions and images is known as epigraphy, and is still practiced today by researchers in Ancient Egypt, perhaps the most notable being Chicago House of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. This will be a colorful and inspirational lecture.
About the Speaker: Dr. Nigel Strudwick is visiting professor of art history at the
Dr. Nigel Strudwick
At the British Museum, Strudwick was concerned with the sculpture collection, traveling exhibitions and technological issues. He has excavated in Egypt for many years and has a long-standing interest in the Tombs of the Nobles at Thebes. Currently, he directs the excavation of the tomb of Senneferi in Thebes.
Strudwick publishes extensively on ancient Egypt. His list of books includes both scholarly and popular works about ancient Egyptian history and archaeology. A versatile scholar, he has recently produced a volume of translations of ancient Egyptian texts from the Old Kingdom (2500-2000 B.C.) and several books about Egyptian objects in the collections of the British Museum.
Some of his field work and publications are done in collaboration with his wife, Helen, who is also a noted Egyptologist.
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.