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The Tomb Chapel of Menna (TT 69): The Art, Culture, and Science of Painting in an Egyptian Tomb

The Tomb Chapel of Menna (TT 69): The Art, Culture, and Science of Painting in an Egyptian Tomb

The Tomb Chapel of Menna (TT 69): The Art, Culture, and Science of Painting in an Egyptian Tomb

The Tomb Chapel of Menna (TT 69), edited by Dr. Melinda Hartwig and published in association with the American Research Center in Egypt, offers readers a view into one of the most beautiful and complex painted tombs of the ancient Egyptian Theban necropolis. This lavishly illustrated book is the culmination of a project to document and conserve the Tomb of Menna. Through conservation, the tomb, that previously lay open to environmental influence, was brought back to its former glory.

 Aided by non-invasive methods of scientific analysis, the historical and cultural importance of Menna’s paintings can now be viewed and studied and enjoyed by a worldwide audience. The publication joins high-definition photography and drawings with specialist essays by scholars, scientists, and technicians who discuss the artistic and cultural significance of the paintings, their architectural context, and scientific importance.

 Directed by Dr. Hartwig and administered by the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) as part of its Egyptian Antiquities Conservation Project, the project was funded by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The work was done in collaboration with Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Distributed by American University in Cairo Press
  • Dr. Hartwig is curator of Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Hartwig is a specialist in ancient Egyptian sculpture and painting, ancient Near Eastern interconnections, and the applications of science in art. She has worked for over thirty years in Egypt leading conservation and documentation projects, most recently in the Theban tombs of Menna and Neferrenpet, using the latest non-invasive scientific tools of analysis.

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