Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Exhibition: Ippolito Rosellini and the Dawn of Egyptology


Drawings, watercolours and unpublished manuscripts that show the beginnings of Egyptology will be exhibited for the first time in Cairo from January 26 to the end of the February in an exhibition entitled 'Ippolito Rosellini and the Dawn of Egyptology'. The exhibition of original drawings and manuscripts from the 1828-1829 Franco-Tuscan expedition to Egypt from the University Library of Pisa, has been organised by the University of Pisa in collaboration with the Italian Embassy and the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The exhibition recounts the Franco-Tuscan expedition to Egypt, led by Jean-Francois Champollion and Pisan Ippolito Rossellini in 1828-29, which signalled one of the founding moments of Egyptology and the first section of the exhibition is in fact dedicated to the birth of the undertaking and the team which conducted it.

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