ASTENE - Western Perceptions of Ancient Egypt

22 September 2018

09:30-17:00 - £40 for non Astene members / £35 for Astene members

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Chaired by: Dr Aidan Dodson, FSA
Astene are pleased to present an Autumn Study Day, to be held at BRLSI (Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution) in the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. The programme will be suitable for both Egyptology enthusiasts and those with a general interest in Art. The day will trace the depiction of Ancient Egypt through the ages, by looking at the artists charged with portraying this exotic land and introducing Egypt to the Western world. First we examine the opening up of Egypt with Napoleon’s Campaign and study the work of Vivant Denon, who accompanied Napoleon, and depicted Egypt so vividly in his art. After a break for coffee, Briony Llewellyn will look at Victorian Orientalist painter David Roberts, who showed the ancient monuments in a contemporary setting with his beautiful paintings. After lunch, we consider the work of Norman and Nina de Garis Davies. Nina is acknowledged as the leading 20th century exponent in recording the ancient tombs. Finally we bring the day to a close with a look at the way Ancient Egypt has been depicted on the stage and screen.