Ancient Egypt at the Bristol Museum
From Seti I’s tomb to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
This study day will begin with Egyptologist Lucia Gahlin giving a lecture on the colourful circus strongman Giovanni Battista Belzoni’s discovery of the most splendid tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, the tomb of Pharaoh Seti I. Lucia will explain why a comprehensive study of this tomb in watercolours by Belzoni and Alessandrow Ricci resides today in the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. We will then have special access to a selection of ancient Egyptian artefacts not usually on display. After lunch we will return to the museum for a guided tour of the Ancient Egypt gallery, exploring a wide range of objects relating to personal adornment, religious belief, and many other aspects of life and afterlife in Ancient Egypt. We will end our day with a discussion in front of David Roberts’s wonderful 1841 oil painting of the iconic Egyptian Temple of Dendera.
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10.00 meet at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1R
10.15 Lecture by Lucia Gahlin
Circus Strongman Belzoni, Consul General Salt, the Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I, and Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
The longest, deepest and most completely decorated tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings was discovered by Giovanni Battista Belzoni in 1817 funded by Henry Salt. Belzoni together with doctor and artist Alessandro Ricci then copied the tomb in drawings and watercolours. These have resided in the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery since 1900 as part of the Belzoni Collection. In this lecture Lucia will explore the discovery and recording of this fabulous tomb, and why these watercolours ended up in this museum.
11.15 Coffee break
11.30 Special access and handling session
These will be examples of jewellery and religious and funerary items from Ancient Egypt.
13.15 A short walk to lunch
14.30 A guided tour of the Egyptian collection on display ending with the wonderful David Roberts Oil Painting of the Temple of Dendera (1841) in the art gallery upstairs in the museum.
16.30 Day ends