Monday, July 20, 2009


Memphis; Vue des Ruines, Prise du Sud-Est
From Description de l'Egypt

In 1922, Howard Carter opened a tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, unearthing the undiscovered tomb of King Tutankhamen. The furniture, thrones, model boats and figurines, ornate jewelry and game boards, all meant to service a purpose in the afterlife, were found in the tomb as well as the mummy of King Tut himself. These fascinating items are on display at the Tutankhamen and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition at the de Young Museum. The exhibition successfully puts these objects in context with the changing political and religious times of King Tut’s lifetime (1333-1324 BC).

Inspired by this fabulous exhibition, Arader Galleries is pleased to present our latest catalog, The Rediscovery of Egypt. The catalog includes views and architectural studies from the landmark publication on Egypt, Description de l’Egypte, as well as maps, ornamental studies and natural history.

The Description de l’Egypte was a publication now considered the foundation work on Egyptology, and had a huge aesthetic impact on art and architecture of 19th century Europe. In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt, in what would become a failed campaign, with the intent to undermine Britain’s access to India and protect French Trade interests. In addition to his soldiers, Napoleon was accompanied by 150 engineers, scientists, mathematicians, naturalists and artists, called the Commission des Sciences et des Arts d’Egypte, whose mission was to explore and record Egypt: its ancient and modern buildings and monuments, its people and customs, its geography, and its flora and fauna. The product of this exhaustive research was the publication of Description de l’Egypte, which includes extraordinary illustrations of Ancient Egyptian temples.

Please call Arader Galleries at 415.788.5115 to request a copy of the Rediscovery of Egypt catalog.

This exhibition is not to be missed!
Tutankhamen and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
De Young Museum
June 27, 2009–March 28, 2010

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