Treasures of Ancient Egypt at VMFA
Friday, June 26, 2020 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Statue of the Fertility God Hapy, 4th or 3rd cent., B.C., Thonis-Heracleion (Photo: Christoph Gerigk/Hilti Foundation)
More than 1200 years ago, two ancient Egyptian cities at the mouth of the Nile were lost to natural disasters and the rising tides of the Mediterranean Sea. Two decades ago, underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team discovered those cities— Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus—revealing monumental statues, religious images carved in stone, exquisite jewelry, and delicate ceramics.
Dive into one of the most astonishing discoveries of all time at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with archeologist and art historian Richard Mason. The stunning exhibition Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities offers a rare glimpse of what remains of these mighty centers of trade, where Egyptian and Greek cultures merged in art, worship, and everyday life.
The visit includes an expert-guided tour of the exhibition, lunch at the museum’s Claiborne Robertson Room, and free time to explore the VMFA’s galleries.
Fringe stop at about 8:55 a.m.
World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*
*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.