Nefertiti's face: the creation of an icon

This event has finished Took place on: Monday, 14th May 2018

More than 3,000 years ago a sculptor working in the royal city of Amarna carved a limestone bust of Nefertiti, consort of the ‘heretic pharaoh’ Akhenaten. Plastered and painted, Nefertiti’s bust depicted an extraordinarily beautiful woman. Not long after its creation the stone Nefertiti was locked in a storeroom and forgotten. Today she is displayed in Berlin.

Egypt has yielded more than its fair share of artistic masterpieces but no other sculpture has so successfully bridged the gap between the ancient and modern worlds. The timeless beauty of the Nefertiti bust attracts us and sparks our imagination, but in so doing it obscures our view of the past, shifting attention from other members of the Amarna court, and from other, equally valid, representations of Nefertiti herself.

In this lecture Joyce Tyldesley will explore the creation of a cultural icon, from its ancient origins to its modern context: its discovery, its display, and its dual role as a political pawn and artistic inspiration.

Age: 16+

Cost: £15


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2018-05-14 2018-05-14 Europe/London Nefertiti's face: the creation of an icon In this lecture Joyce Tyldesley will explore the creation of a cultural icon, from its ancient origins to its modern context: its discovery, its display, and its dual role as a political pawn and artistic inspiration. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2018/05/14/nefertitis-face-the-creation-of-an-icon-169544 The British Museum,Great Russell Street, London,London,London

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