Ancient Egypt

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Judgement Scene from Book of the Dead of Hunefer

Death continues to be one of the greatest fears of human society. Since the dawn of recorded history through the centuries of plague, pestilence, and ...

James W Singer 9 May 2021

Ancient Egypt

Egypt and Berlin’s Icon: The Bust of Queen Nefertiti

The bust of Queen Nefertiti housed in Berlin’s Neues Museum is one of Ancient Egypt’s most famous works of art. A prime example of ...

Nadine Waldmann 6 May 2021

Ancient Egypt

Modernism Foretold: The Nadler Collection of Late Antique Art from Egypt — Interview with Asen Kirin

For the first time since 1986, the Nadler Collection will be shown to the public in the exhibition Modernism Foretold: The Nadler Collection of Late ...

Arianna Richetti 14 January 2021

Ancient Egypt

Blue Faience Hippopotamuses of the World, UNITE!

Blue faience hippopotamus was a popular statuette in Ancient Egyptian art. Ancient Egyptians considered it to have positive traits associated ...

Zuzanna Stańska 22 November 2020

History

The Lifelike Death Fayum Portraits of Roman Egypt

Though they are often referred to as “Fayum portraits” – taking their title from the location of a region in Egypt where Pharaoh ...

Anthony de Feo 21 November 2020

Ancient Egypt

The Bust of Nefertiti: Ancient Masterpiece or Genius Hoax?

On December 6, 1912, a team of excavators from the Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft, led by Ludwig Borchardt, unearthed a wonderful work of art. They ...

Montaine Dumont 20 November 2020

Erotica

Tattoos – Ancient Ink to Modern Celebrity

Love them or loathe them, tattoos are a global phenomenon. Inserting pigment under the skin for decorative or ritualistic purposes has been around ...

Candy Bedworth 13 September 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat by John Weguelin

Here is a Painting of the Week to honor our recent cat theme. The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat presents an imaginative interpretation of an ancient ...

Alexandra Kiely 9 August 2020

Ancient Egypt

The Sacred Cats of Ancient Egypt

The Ancient Egyptians revered cats of all kinds and honoured them in their art. From servals to the mighty lion, cats were seen as powerful forces ...

Sarah Mills 5 August 2020

Islamic art

Eid Al-Adha — Seven Beautiful Mosques Around the World

Eid al-Adha is observed between the 10th to the 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah. This is the Eid of the sacrifice as it commemorates ...

Maya Tola 30 July 2020

Ancient Egypt

Art Travels: The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut

Hatshepsut (1479-1458 B.C.E.) was the fifth pharaoh of Egypt's Eighteenth Dynasty and arguably the most important amongst ancient Egypt's many female ...

Maya Tola 12 May 2020

Museum Stories

LEGO Masterpieces. The Art of the Brick

The Art of the Brick is the first major museum exhibition in the world to exclusively use LEGO® blocks as a medium. It is on display at the ...

Maya Tola 7 April 2020