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2018 Annual Korsyn Lecture: Every Tomb Tells A Story

March 24, 2018

March 24, 2018

3:30 PM 

Rainey Auditorium, UPenn Museum


Dr. Melinda Hartwig, Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University


*Cookies, tea, and coffee are served starting at 3pm



The painted decoration in the unfinished tomb chapel of Neferrenpet (TT 43) offers a treasure trove of information. Using historical records and monumental evidence, Dr. Hartwig will explore the career of the tomb owner and the date of his tomb. The latter will focus on the identity of the uninscribed king that dominates the chapel decoration. She will also turn to the hieratic notes in the tomb that identify Neferrenpet, his family and friends, and reveal the painter/scribe who decorated the tomb. Using this as a point of departure, Dr. Hartwig will end with a discussion of the mechanics of Theban tomb painting.


Speaker Bio:

Dr. Melinda Hartwig is the Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Besides curating a number of exhibitions, she has authored four books and a wide array of articles. Dr. Hartwig’s recent publication, A Companion to Ancient Egyptian Art (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), received the 2016 PROSE award. Melinda has worked in Egypt since 1983, directing Theban tomb painting projects, both large and small, as a recipient of NEH and USAID grants, among others. In addition to lecturing around the world, Melinda is a frequent on-air expert for the National Geographic ChannelDiscovery, The Smithsonian Channel, PBS and the BBC. Dr. Hartwig is the current President of American Research Center in Egypt, and a Professor Emerita of Georgia State University.


Lectures are FREE to ARCE-PA chapter members, $7 for University of Pennsylvania Museum Members, UPenn Staff & Faculty, $5 for Students with ID, and $10 for the general public.”

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March 24, 2018
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The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE)
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