The Tomb Chapel of Menna: The Art, Culture and Science of Painting in an Ancient Egyptian Tomb
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:30pm
The Tomb Chapel of Menna: The Art, Culture and Science of Painting in an Ancient Egyptian Tomb

Smith Memorial Student Union, room 236, 1825 SW Broadway


The tomb chapel of Menna (TT 69) on the West Bank of the Nile at Luxor is one of the ancient Egypt’s finest painted tombs. In the 18th Dynasty, Menna held the high position of “Scribe of the Fields of the Lord of the Two Lands of Upper and Lower Egypt.”

The colorful tomb depicts the private lives of Menna and his family, natural settings of flora, birds, and plants, his role overseeing ancient Egypt’s agriculture and granaries, as well as classic scenes of worship, offerings and funeral rites.   

Constant tourist visitation has taken a toll on the interior of the tomb. From 2007-2010, Dr Melinda Hartwig directed a team to fully document the tomb and design a plan for conservation and protection, using extensive, non-invasive procedures.  Dr Hartwig will explain the methods and results from that archaeological project as well as discuss Menna, the times in which he lived, and the artistic methods and materials used in his tomb chapel.


Dr Hartwig teaches Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Art History at Georgia State University. She holds an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California-Berkeley as well as an M.A. in Art History & Archaeology and a Ph. D. in Near Eastern Art & Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. 

She edited the recently published book, The Tomb Chapel of Menna (Theban Tomb 69): The Art, Culture and Science of Painting in an Egyptian Tomb, ARCE Conservation Series 5, which documents the ARCE/Georgia State University/USAID project described by her lecture.


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