The Power of Egyptian Art

Wednesday, November 30 | 4:30-7 pm | $15

Even in the 21st century, we continue to be fascinated by ancient Egyptian art, culture, and history. Ancient Egyptian pharaohs, mummies, and gods all play a massive role in popular culture and help to tell the important story of one of the first advanced civilizations in social studies and history classes across the globe.

Using artworks in MAG’s temporary exhibition Striking Power:  Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt as well as works from our own collection, we will consider what makes Egyptian art compelling and why it captures our imaginations even now. We will also explore the complex and largely unknown history of how these images were revered, feared, and intentionally damaged in the past. This workshop includes a hands-on activity and resources for the classroom.

NYS Standards: Art; Social Studies

Registration required. Light refreshments included.

Image Credit
Left: Face and Shoulder from an Anthropoid Sarcophagus, 332–30 BCE. Black basalt. Brooklyn Museum; Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1516E. Photo credit Brooklyn Museum. Right: Inner Coffin of Pa-debehu-Aset (detail), 332–30 BCE. Wood, polychromy, gilding, with glass, stone and shell inlay. Marion Stratton Gould Fund, 2000.11.2.