Saturday, August 26, 2006

Reviews: Hatshepsut - From Queen to Pharaoh
"Nothing looks better in the Kimbell Art Museum than extremely large pieces of stone sculpture. Though the building was designed to hold a collection of European portraits and Asian art, when an ancient Egyptian show is installed, it seems as if the building were designed specifically for that purpose, and the works look like they were made for this particular space. No other period of art strikes such a resonant chord with the Kimbell. Such is the case with Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh, an exhibit organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco."
"In the early 20th century, archeologists stumbled upon clues indicating that once upon a time, during a period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom, a great woman was pharaoh. They began to piece together her story using shards, broken statues and the ghostly remains of hieroglyphics on walls. It soon became obvious that Hatshepsut had been deliberately deleted. The story of her ascendancy and eventual disappearance, as well as more than 200 artifacts created during and shortly after her reign, are on exhibit in Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharoah, which opens Sunday at the Kimbell Art Museum."

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