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Around 1350 BC, the Egyptian grain accountant Nebamun commissioned the walls of his tomb-chapel to be painted with scenes depicting his afterlife, and the world in which he lived. Nebamun worked in the temple of Amun at Karnak during the reign of Amenhotep III (c. 1390-1352 BC). Amenhotep was one of the most important kings of the 18th Dynasty, one of the high points of Egyptian wealth, but his reign preceded a period of dramatic upheaval in Egyptian society. In 1820 eleven pieces were removed from the walls of the tomb-chapel, location now unknown, and were acquired by the British Museum, where they are now iconic masterpieces of the collection.

Around 1350 BC, the Egyptian grain accountant Nebamun commissioned the walls of his tomb-chapel to be painted with scenes depicting his afterlife, and the world in which he lived. Nebamun worked in the temple of Amun at Karnak during the reign of Amenhotep III (c. 1390-1352 BC). Amenhotep was one of the most important kings of the 18th Dynasty, one of the high points of Egyptian wealth, but his reign preceded a period of dramatic upheaval in Egyptian society. In 1820 eleven pieces were removed from the walls of the tomb-chapel, location now unknown, and were acquired by the British Museum, where they are now iconic masterpieces of the collection.

Course Curriculum

    • Introduction 00:20:00
    • The lens of ‘Orientalism’ 01:00:00
    • West Versus East 01:10:00
    • Orientalism and European Art 01:20:00
    • The Avant-Garde and Paul Gauguin 01:00:00
    • Introduction 00:40:00
    • A Modern View of Ancient Egypt 01:30:00
    • Contrasting Purposes 01:30:00
    • Easel Painting 01:00:00
    • Introduction 00:30:00
    • Funerary Offerings 02:00:00
    • The Banquet Scene 01:30:00
    • Produce and Offerings 00:45:00
    • Hunting in the Marshes 00:45:00
    • Garden of the West 00:45:00
    • Acquisition of the Paintings 00:45:00
    • Selecting the Fragments 00:45:00
    • Selecting the Fragments 00:45:00
    • Selection Based on Subject 00:45:00
    • Summary 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • Exploring the Evidence 00:30:00
    • Belief in an Afterlife 00:30:00
    • Daily Life 00:45:00
    • Tomb-Chapels 00:30:00
    • Tomb Layout 00:30:00
    • Tomb Decoration 00:45:00
    • Symbolism 00:30:00
    • Summary 00:10:00
    • Introduction 00:10:00
    • Modern Thinking About Art 00:40:00
    • A Paradox and its Consequences 00:45:00
    • Preparing the Tomb 00:15:00
    • Designing the Decoration 00:30:00
    • Applying the Paint 00:20:00
    • The Skills of the Painters 00:45:00
    • Conventions of Representation 00:30:00
    • Conventions of Egyptian Art 00:30:00
    • Principles of Egyptian Art 01:00:00
    • Symbolic Dimension 00:30:00
    • Change and Innovation 00:20:00
    • Nebamun: the Lesson of Looking 00:20:00
    • Summary 00:10:00

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