Sep 27, 2007

Temple of Ramesses II, Abu Simbel

Temple of Ramesses II, Abu Simbel

c. 1860s

Antonio Beato

(British, c. 1825–1903)

Albumen print from wet collodion negative

Image: 26.1 x 38.4 cm (10 1/4 x 15 1/8 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 55.9 cm (18 x 22 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1992.307


Throughout the 1800s and into the 1900s, prints,
paintings, and photographs, like Louis Haghe’s
Egypt and Nubia series, brought back by artists who
voyaged to Egypt, inspired American and European
artists, architects, and designers to emulate ancient
Egyptian motifs and styles. Egyptomania blossomed
through the 1800s and can be seen in architecture

around cities like Washington, DC, and in the
interiors of aristocratic homes, as well as in funerary
monuments, such as in Lake View Cemetery in
Cleveland, Ohio. Looking back at these creations
provides an interesting historical groundwork for

debating who has the right to interpret Egyptian
motifs and styles.

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