Image: An experimental lighting display, Color the Temple: Scene 1, at The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing at the Metropolitan Museum. Image: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Filip Wolak
Colors that likely decorated an ancient Egyptian temple when it was built 2,000 years ago, but have since eroded away, can be seen at The Metropolitan Museum of Art this winter. To be shown for a series of eight weekends beginning, the experimental lighting display Color the Temple: Scene 1 combines the scholarly knowledge of specialists in the Egyptian Art Department with the technological expertise of staff in the MediaLab at the Met. The colors that were probably used in antiquity will be projected onto a ritual scene carved into the sandstone of the beloved Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing, providing visitors with a new perspective on ancient art.
In the scene, the Roman emperor Augustus, depicted as a pharaoh, makes an offering to Egyptian deities. Constructed in around 15 B.C., the Temple's external walls have retained no original color.
|When:||and evenings ( , 30, , 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, and , 5, 11, 12, 18, 19)|
|Where:||The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street|
This sounds like such a cool event, I wanted to make you aware of it should you be in the city during the dates it will be open. The Temple of Dendur at the Met is such an amazing room, my photo of it below from one of the fashion exhibit press events. I think this would be a really neat event to see in person, and I am going to try to make one of my overnights in the city during the running of this lighting display!
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