Discovery Day: Art of the Pharaohs
In this Discovery Day Egyptologist Lucia Gahlin will present Ancient Egyptian art as the expression of complex ideologies, and often as propaganda, but also as an astounding body of awe-inspiring sculpture, relief and painting.
The remarkable civilisation of Ancient Egypt lasted some 3,000 years. In order to explore some of the more fascinating periods of its art, Lucia will focus on the reigns of three pharaohs who are remembered for being in some way extraordinary. They all ruled during the 500-year period of ancient Egyptian history and culture known today as the New Kingdom, regarded by many as a heyday for art and architecture in the ancient world.
Lucia will begin with Hatshepsut of the 15th century BCE, remarkable for being a female pharaoh. Lucia will examine the most fasci¬nating array of evidence of her reign, from graffiti to monumental reliefs, obelisks and fine statuary.
After a coffee break, Lucia will explore the intriguing art of the 14th-century BCE pharaoh Akhenaten, unlike that of any other pharaoh’s reign. He replaced the traditional polytheistic religion with the worship of one solar deity – but in the end he had made such sweeping changes that after his death he was branded a criminal.
Lunch independently; you’re welcome to either bring your own supplies and eat in the Phoenix Room (next to the hall) or go out.
In the afternoon Lucia will introduce you to the colossal art of Ramesses II who reigned for more than 60 years in the 13th century BCE, had statues of himself set up throughout Egypt, and was the bold purveyor of ‘fake news’. Lucia will explore the art and architecture of this particularly long reign, and piece together the great achievements of this remarkable ruler during a golden age of Egypt’s pharaonic history
meet at 9.45 for 10 am start, until 3.30 pm approx
£29 per person
Public Hall, West Street, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 6BW
Wed 9 March