Walk Like An Egyptian: Understanding Egyptian Art in its Ancient and Modern Contexts

WhenFebruary 24, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Contact InformationCenter for Middle Eastern Studies
DescriptionCMES and Oak Park Public Library present this lecture by Luiza Osorio G. da Silva, PhD Student in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at the University of Chicago. This program is supported by the PATHS Program at UChicagoGRAD.

Description: Animal-headed gods, brightly painted coffins, hieroglyphic writing: most people would immediately recognize these pieces of ancient Egypt. Ever-present in modern museums and popular culture, Egyptian art is frequently sensationalized and simplified in equal measure. It is also just a piece of ancient Egypt, rather than the whole picture, and in order to properly understand it we must consider it in its original context, divorced from its modern representations. What was the real purpose of Tutankhamun’s mask, and how does its new display in a museum alter its meaning? Were the innumerous statues of gods now exhibited in museums all over the world meant to be seen by wide audiences? What did it mean to “walk like an Egyptian?”
CategoriesConferences/Lectures, Lectures, International
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